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Update on medical contracts

21 March 2014

Queensland Health's Director-General Ian Maynard personally met with 80 senior doctors at the Gold Coast University Hospital this morning as part of his ongoing commitment to explain the addendum to their new contracts.

Mr Maynard said doctors responded positively to the solutions the Department has offered to issues raised in recent talks with senior doctors and their representatives.

He said it was clear from their comments to him today that many felt they had been actively misled by representatives of industrial unions.

"Senior doctors involved in the recent discussions regarding contracts were effective in representing their colleagues' interests and concerns but the industrial unions also present in the talks were less than constructive," Mr Maynard said.

"It's clear the Department's genuine solutions to issues raised by senior doctors, including changes to the Hospital and Health Boards Act (2011), are not being communicated by those who represented them in discussions.

"The unions seem to have little interest in providing doctors with the Department's solutions which have been offered in good faith. It's not surprising I was only allowed five minutes to outline our solutions to a very complex matter, at the recent mass meeting of doctors."

Mr Maynard said the Department was actively providing that information to senior medical officers and visiting medical officers. He's encouraging all doctors to review all the documents and make informed decisions about their next steps.

The Director-General has had positive feedback from face-to-face meetings with more than 500 doctors in the past two weeks to explain the Department's position.

Mr Maynard will continue those meetings around the state next week including another visit to far North Queensland.

The contract and addendum are available on the Queensland Health website.

Last updated: 11 June 2014