Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros 17 April 2014
Detectives are relying on medical science to identify a man whose burnt, dismembered torso was found on the side of a rural Queensland last year. Police are yet to determine whether a skull found last week in a pine tree plantation near Tin Can Bay, about 30 kilometres north of Cedar Pocket, belongs to the same victim.
Any DNA retrieved from the skull, which is being forensically examined at Brisbane’s John Tonge Centre, will be compared with DNA samples taken from the torso.
Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 17 April 2014
WHISTLEBLOWERS who were to be protected after exposing criminals and safety breaches at Gold Coast hospitals lost their jobs in a restructure and are still receiving death threats.
In the ultimate insult, the staffers had to reapply for maintenance positions and felt they were ultimately “discriminated” against, believing they had lost their livelihoods to less experienced tradesmen.
Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 16 April 2014
The state’s senior medicos have so little trust in the government, doctors have refused to vote on whether they will even consider the new contracts, without seeing them first.
Union still worried about Qld Government’s doctors’ contracts amendments
News.com.au 16 April 2014
HEALTH Minister Lawrence Springborg has begun efforts to patch up relations with the state’s doctors by writing them a letter detailing his offer to solve the contract dispute.
Lawyers for doctor groups will tonight attend a meeting at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to explain the compromise deal to senior doctors.
Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 15 April 2014
A Bulletin special investigation has found a whistleblower from February 2012 began diarising the rorts unaware that several others by November would also be reporting alleged criminal activity on Gold Coast Health and Hospital Service work sites from Southport to Robina.
ABC News Latika Bourke 14 April 2014
The Federal Opposition has criticised the CSIRO for pre-empting the government’s commission of audit and slashing hundreds of jobs from the scientific research agency.
ABC News 15 April 2014
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says he has extended the deadline for senior doctors to sign up to new individual contracts. Mr Springborg says unions and other representative groups have now signed letters of support for the new agreements.
Dispute over doctor contracts could be over in weeks
Contract deal cut with doctors
Courier Mail Kelmeny Fraser 12 April 2014
THE head of the state’s peak doctors’ group has broken his silence over the doctor contracts dispute to lash out at his own organisation for going along with a union-conspired mass resignation plan.
Courier Mail Daniel Meers, Renee Viellaris 14 April 2014
MORE than half the state will shut down for 10 days from this week as the public sector leads a charge to lap up nearly two weeks’ holiday for the price of only three days’ annual leave. Workplace analyst Direct Health Solutions believes absenteeism will rise by 25 per cent on top of employers who have already taken annual leave.
Gold Coast Bulletin Paul Weston 12 April 2014
HUNDREDS of patients who need specialist tests at Gold Coast Hospital are being shuffled between waiting lists or sent back to their GPs.