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Queensland Health's Director-General to front doctor meeting tonight

19 March 2014

Queensland Health Director-General Ian Maynard is satisfied the contract addendum he will present to around 1,000 senior doctors this evening will deliver the protections they are seeking.

Mr Maynard will front the meeting at Brisbane's Convention Centre following two weeks of robust discussion with industrial and professional doctor representatives.

"I will be urging the doctors present, as well as their colleagues, to review the solutions we've provided and to make informed decisions about their futures," Mr Maynard said.

"Queensland Health has worked through all of the issues tabled by doctors and their representatives in good faith.

"We have addressed each issue and provided solutions which give doctors certainty and confirms exactly how the contract arrangements will operate in practice.

"We'll also introduce a legislative change to ensure contracts cannot be eroded by a Director-General directive."

Key points include:

  • Locking in an addendum to the contract that confirms how the contract will operate in practice
  • Legislative protection by varying the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011
  • Ministerial direction to the Director-General to require that only changes which do not disadvantage those on contract are permitted without prior agreement
  • An independent review of the implementation of the contracts at the end of 12 months
  • A Contracts Advisory Committee will be established to advise me on all issues relating to the contracts, prior to any changes being made.

"I am committed to working with senior doctors to deliver the best possible health system for the people of Queensland and to keep quality healthcare and patient safety at the forefront of our actions," Mr Maynard said.

The contract addendum is available on the Queensland Government website.

Last updated: 11 June 2014