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Queensland health union condemns department break up

30 January 2012 - 2:57pm

The union representing Queensland's health workers believes that the state government is rushing to abolish the department.

The re-structuring - announced by premier Anna Bligh on January 21 - will see the creation of two smaller agencies as well as health and hospital networks at both a local and state level.

However secretary for the Together health union Alex Scott believes that the change is being rushed through without careful consideration.

"When the government said it wants to 'take a wrecking ball to Queensland Health', staff were naturally concerned," he said (January 27).

"But we're even more concerned that such a major reform is being rushed through because the government wants to clear the decks for an election."

Mr Scott stated that the union will be applying to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission due to the government failing to gain support or conduct sufficient consultation with health employees.

"We're hopeful that early next week the industrial commission will agree with us and suggest that the Government needs to take a slower process and give all Queenslanders as well as all Queensland Health workers a real opportunity to consider these matters," he said told the ABC (January 27).