Doctors representatives will meet with the State Government over the coming days in an attempt to reach an agreement that puts the needs of Queenslanders first.
The discussions come after the Director-General agreed to make changes to the contracts and come back to the negotiating with doctors representatives in an attempt to put an end to the current dispute.
Keep Our Doctors spokesperson and Together Secretary, Alex Scott said the discussions are a positive step forward, however warned an agreement is still not guaranteed.
“Doctors have been calling on the State Government to sit down and discuss the contracts for many weeks now, so the fact that this is now occuring is a positive sign,” Mr Scott said.
“There are still a range of serious issues contained within the contracts that we are hoping the Government will address over the coming days. The timing is still a key concern for doctors – we’ve seen what can happen when a Government rushes the implementation of things like this.
“Until we see a contract that guarantees doctors and patients the protection they deserve, doctors will not be signing it.
“The future of the Queensland public health system is reliant on the State Government negotiating a fair outcome with doctors.
“Doctors will not sign up to a contract that puts patients at risk. Until we have a chance to sit down and go through all the detail with the Government to guarantee that’s the case, we won’t be able to reach a resolution.”
The mass ‘Pineapple’ meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed to allow for negotiations to occur.