Redland Hospital rally – 19 March

21.02.2014

Wednesday 19 March, time TBC

The Redland Hospital Keep Our Doctors’ rally is taking place on Wednesday 19 March. Meet at the grassed area near Emergency.

Come along to show your opposition to the unfair individual contracts!Redland Hospital

PAH rally – 19 March

19.02.2014

Wednesday 19 March, 12.30pm

The PAH Keep Our Doctors’ rally is taking place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 19 March. Meeting place TBC.

Come along to show your opposition to the unfair individual contracts!

TPCH rally – 19 March

19.02.2014

Wednesday 19 March, 12.30pm

The TPCH Keep Our Doctors’ rally is taking place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 19 March. Meet at the grassy area outside the main hospital entrance on Rode Road.

Come along to show your opposition to the unfair individual contracts!

Logan Hospital rally – 20 March

19.02.2014

Thursday 20 March, 12.30pm

The Logan Hospital Keep Our Doctors’ rally is taking place at 12.30pm on Thursday 20 March. Meet at the grassed area out the front of the hospital.

Come along to show your opposition to the unfair individual contracts!

MP worries that senior staff will leave hospitals

19.02.2014

SENIOR medical staff are threatening to leave public hospitals in a move that would see the standard of Fraser Coast health services reduced, Queensland Shadow Health Minister Jo-Ann Miller claims.

Ms Miller, who visited the region on Wednesday to speak to hospital staff about conditions in new contracts, claimed many doctors and nurses were on the verge of going elsewhere to work.

“Who’s going to come to Queensland with individual contracts. Interstate, they’ve already got alerts out saying don’t come to Queensland – and so has New Zealand,” Ms Miller said.

“It could very well (jeopardise the level of service in the Fraser Coast).

“At the moment we’ve got excellent specialists … We also have registrars in training here … taught on the job at public hospitals.”

Queensland Health was contacted about her claims but did not respond.

The Australian Medical Association has advised members to reject offers to negotiate individual contracts. Its stance is that the contracts remove employment rights and protections, including fatigue provisions, rest breaks, limits on hours, and unfair dismissal and dispute resolution procedures.

An AMA spokesman said the association visited the Fraser Coast on Tuesday to speak with its members.

Article source: Frasier Coast Chronicle

Doctors reject individual contracts push

19.02.2014

Hundreds of doctors in far north Queensland have voted against signing individual contracts proposed by the State Government.

The Together Union met doctors in Townsville last night, and Cairns earlier this week.

The union’s Dr Sandy Donald says the new arrangements would strip protections from being sacked and doctors could lose a third of their wages.

He says doctors working in the public sector are already looking for work in other states.

“Talking to the registrars that have just moved on from Cairns, virtually every single one of them is looking actively interstate and overseas for jobs,” he said.

“So the New Zealand Medical Association has issued an employment warning for Queensland. The Australian Society of Emergency Medicine has issued an employment warning.

“The Government has said it wants everyone to sign them by the 30th of July and undoubtedly will put unbearable pressure on management to force doctors to sign it but it’s unclear what happens.

“Certainly it looks like doctors who don’t sign will lose possibly a third of their income.”

Article source: ABC

‘WorkChoices’ contracts under fire

19.02.2014

Queensland hospital doctors should reject the current ‘WorkChoices’ contracts, is the latest advice from the AMA.

Speaking from a rally in Brisbane on Thursday night, AMA President Steve Hambleton said the new State Government contracts were “an insult to the professionalism and dedication of hardworking doctors”.

“Doctors feel like they are being forced to sign draconian contracts that strip basic employee rights and threaten their livelihoods,” he said.

Concerned that the new individual contracts enforced by the Queensland Government will leave senior medical officers without their hard-fought award conditions, Dr Hambleton called on the government to end its “take it or leave it” approach and immediately re-open contract negotiations.

“The overwhelming feedback from the [Medical Staff Association] meeting was that the contracts are…

Article source: 6 minutes

Queensland doctors reject individual contracts for State Government work

19.02.2014

More than 500 Queensland doctors have voted to reject individual work contracts proposed by the State Government.

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, which represents more than 3,000 Queensland specialists, says the Government has downgraded conditions and other protections from the workplace agreements.

President Tony Sara says doctors who voted against the proposed changes at a meeting in Brisbane last night would rather leave Queensland than sign up to the contracts.

“It is as serious as it gets. We have never seen anything like this in all of Australia,” he said.

“Specialist doctors are already saying if this doesn’t work out, if these contracts go through as it looks like they will, then we will start moving to the private sector.

“Queensland will have trouble recruiting specialists and we have had a number of doctors say ‘I will die in a ditch before I will sign this contract’.”

Dr Sara says the new arrangements would strip protections from being sacked and doctors could lose a third of their wages.

“The Queensland Government wishes to put all salaried hospital specialists onto individual contracts. The individual contracts are worse than WorkChoices contracts,” he said.

“There is no protection from arbitrary dismissal, there is no dispute resolution processes, the employer does what they want and they don’t have to discuss or negotiate with their staff whatsoever.”

The vote comes ahead of next month’s by-elections for the state seat of Redcliffe and the federal seat of Griffith.

“We will run a political campaign in the by-elections that are coming up,” Dr Sara said.

“Campbell Newman, as I perceive it from Sydney, is on the nose already. I saw them on television in the last few days saying how wonderful he was how much he was doing for hospitals and health care – that is clearly is a extremely questionable and suspect statement.”

North Queensland doctors urged to fight contracts

Meanwhile the public sector union Together says it will discourage senior doctors from signing the individual contracts when it meets with them in Cairns early next week.

The union’s Dr Sandy Donald says about 200 far north medical staff including specialists are affected by the contracts, due to be signed by the end of April.

“We’ve actually asked for a no-disadvantage clause in the contracts and there isn’t one,” he said.

“The new contract removed the threat of an immediate loss of up to 30 to 40 per cent of salary, so there is some change and we have worked hard with the department of health but but a lot of the absolutely critical issues, they’re not allowed to move on.”

In releasing the draft contract in November, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the change would provide workers with “modern and flexible working arrangements and a reduced administrative burden”.

“Individual employment contracts are recognised internationally as best practice for engaging senior staff and this new contract provides VMOs (visiting medical officers) with the recognition their highly valued and appreciated contribution deserves,” he said.

The contracts were first announced in February last year.

Article source: ABC

Queensland doctors reject ‘WorkChoices’ contracts

16.02.2014

Article source: Brisbane Times

A doctors’ union will use two by-elections to attack the Queensland government over what it says are woefully unfair work contracts.

More than 500 doctors last night voted against the government’s individual contracts, which they say slash job protections, conditions and doctors’ pay.

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation says some doctors would rather “die in a ditch” than sign contracts that are as bad as WorkChoices.

It warns medical officers will shun work opportunities in Queensland’s public hospitals under the new regime.

Federation president Dr Tony Sara said the Newman government would be targeted at the upcoming by-elections in the state seat of Redcliffe and the federal seat of Griffith.

“It is as serious as it gets. We’ve never seen anything like this in all of Australia,” Dr Sara told ABC radio on Friday.

“Specialist doctors are already saying that if these contracts go through, as it looks like they will, then we’ll start moving to the private sector.”

But Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said he’d met numerous doctors who were totally comfortable with the shift to individual contracts and understood why they were needed.

He also denied doctors’ claims they’d be losing money.

“I don’t believe that that is the case,” Mr Springborg told the ABC.

The government’s push to get doctors onto individual contracts was sparked by the auditor-general’s findings that the old system was seriously flawed.

AAP