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