Lifestyle

Health lay-offs rise to 49 as union fears grow

Lesley Dwyer.
Lesley Dwyer. Contributed

WEST Moreton Health Service's promise not to force staff into redundancies has been mocked by union officials.

So far 49 staff have taken voluntary redundancies, with West Moreton Hospital and Health Service chief executive Lesley Dwyer saying any staff "displaced by organisational change" will be moved to suitable roles in other departments.

But Together Union lead organiser Dennis Mullins has claimed this is untrue, and there will be no jobs for staff caught up in departmental change.

"That's the reality. There are no other jobs," he said.

Ms Dwyer insisted there are no forced redundancies proposed within the service. "At this stage, the Health Service expects any staffing reductions will be able to be achieved through voluntary redundancies and natural attrition," she said.

"The Health Service is continuing to implement our Turnaround Plan.

"The focus of the plan is to improve the quality of health service delivery, streamline support services and to achieve efficiencies and savings wherever possible.

"Nearly all areas of the Health Service have been or are currently subject to review. At this point excellent progress has been made to improve the financial health of the Service and to return us to a balanced budget."

Ms Dwyer said finding the required $20 million in budget savings has focused away from sacking staff.

"The primary focus has been on administrative and support services areas, some opportunities for service improvement and efficiencies have been identified in some clinical areas, for example the Mental Health Service."

The West Moreton Health Board must identify the savings in its budget by March. Mr Mullins said the health board's priority was to have all of its voluntary redundancies finalised before May.

The board was told in August it would not be able to exceed their budget allocation, as had often been the case under the former Bligh Government.

The first cuts to staff were made in the Home and Community Care department and Ipswich Health Plaza.

That's the reality. There are no other jobs.

Topics:  dennis mullins, lesley dwyer, together union, voluntary redundancies, west moreton health services




LISTEN: Greyhound tapes ruled foul play by the court

TWILIGHT MEETING: Thursday racing at Grafton Greyhounds starts at the later time of 4.12pm today.

Court decision throws doubt over animal cruelty cases

Accused tortured woman for days, court told

Court hears details of alleged torture, rape, assault charges

Master Builders admit to "pessimism" as economy struggles

Heat comes out of the Qld building industry

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


What's on this week

GRAB A BARGAIN: The Cameron Park Market is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Five things to do in Ipswich

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Housing market going strong as units face tougher times

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”