Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 7 March 2014
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, his assistant minister Chris Davis, Director-General Ian Maynard and Queensland Health HR chief Lyn Rowland, met with Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton, his incoming Queensland counterpart Shaun Rudd and intensive care specialist John Fraser at Parliament House on Thursday night.
The meeting to open “dialogue”, not “formal negotiations” capped off a week which began with a letter Dr Davis had written in support of his former SMO colleagues being released to the media, muddled through a “we are united on this” government front, saw doctors meet and pass a ‘no-confidence’ motion on Mr Springborg, ended on a “cautiously optimistic” note.
ABC PM with Mark Colvin, Nance Haxton 3 March 2014
Nance Haxton interview with Steve Hambleton, and Lawrence Springborg. The AMA is concerned that the contracts are effectively WorkChoices by stealth, as they can be terminated without notice and there’s no appeal to the Industrial Relations Commission.
Steve Hambleton: And one of them was on Saturday, where the coroner actually made the point that we can’t afford to lose our forensic pathologist in Queensland, and we know that some of those forensic pathologists are considering alternative employment opportunities in other states. If that’s the case, you know, it may lead to delays in court matters, in certainly autopsy reports. It may even mean delays in funerals, and that would be a terrible situation.
Courier Mail Robyn Ironside 4 March 2014
Four emergency doctors from the Princess Alexandra Hospital, including the deputy director of the emergency department, are in Palm Springs, California, for the two-week course at the International School of Tactical Medicine.
The training comes ahead of the November G20 summit. The hospital is already the Commonwealth’s go-to agency in the event of national and international disasters.
The Australian Janelle Miles 1 March 2014
Coroner Terry Ryan has stepped in to the debate over doctors’ contracts, writing to Health Minister Lawrence Springborg with concerns that forensic pathologists will leave Queensland amid a national and global workforce shortage.
Elsevier Library Connect Anita de Waard, Daniel Rotman, Mike Lauruhn
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Courier Mail Kelmeny Fraser 24 February 2014
PUBLIC hospital patients would recuperate in five-star hotels built on health campuses across the state under plans to free-up expensive acute care beds and save taxpayer dollars.
Plans to modernise the health system and tackle the spiralling cost of health care would also see more patients treated in their homes, while places will be found for another 250 people with disabilities currently languishing in public hospital beds because they have nowhere else to go.
R&D Bill Harris 18 February 2014
A generation ago, wet laboratory space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with laboratory benches, storage cabinets and equipment, but hardly any space or capacity to hold a meeting or accommodate change. Today, laboratory space design reflects an evolution in both the methods of research and the way that scientists work—individually and with their colleagues. Those changes, combined with the need to accelerate the speed of innovation—and time to market in the pharmaceutical world—drive the design of today’s laboratory.
Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 19 February 2014
The opposition says the state hospital system is in “crisis” over the government’s plan to put doctors on individual contracts.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has responded by saying he was merely “cleaning up the mess” left by the Right to Private Practice scheme established by the Labor government in 2006.
Doctors have continued to publicly express their displeasure with the idea.
But no one seems any closer to an answer.
Courier Mail Janelle Miles, Kelmeny Fraser 18 February 2014
SENIOR doctors are threatening to leave Queensland’s public hospital system en masse over the Newman Government’s decision to force them off a collective agreement and on to individual contracts.
The public hospital specialists have described the contracts as “the single greatest threat to the medical profession in this country”, leaving them open to arbitrary dismissal and enforced shiftwork. 80 per cent of the facility’s senior emergency department specialists have indicated they will resign or reduce working hours in the public sector if the contracts go ahead.