Doctors say the Premier’s threat to bring in overseas doctors to fill any vacancies is an insult to the state’s senior doctors and a grave concern for Queensland’s patients.

The state’s senior doctors say the State Government’s attempts to force them onto unfair individual contracts that strip away basic rights for doctors and patients is forcing them out of the public health system.

Keep Our Doctors spokesperson and President of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation Dr Tony Sara said the Premier’s comments are a real concern for Queenslanders.

“We’ve seen what’s happened in the past when this State’s Government has relied on employing overseas doctors to fill roles in the state’s health system,” Dr Sara said.

“By walking away from his own highly professional staff and looking overseas for doctors, the Premier is taking personal responsility for the state’s public health system.

“We’re calling on the Queensland Premier to rule out any move to fly in foreign doctors.

“The Premier is yet to sit down with doctors and try to work out a solution that provides the best outcome for patients. It’s time for the Premier to learn the art of negotiation.

“The State Government has shown no respect at all for the senior doctors who work around the clock to keep Queenslanders safe.

“Many professional organisations around the state, as well as New Zealand, have already issued warnings to doctors, strongly recommending against doctors working in Queensland.

“Employing doctors from overseas also takes a very long time to get in place – at least 6-9 months. This is not a practical nor responsible strategy from the Premier.”

“At the end of the day the Premier is responsbible for the state’s public health system. It’s a real concern that he and his Government seem willing to let its top doctors walk out of the system and leave patients at risk.”