West Moreton Hospital and Health service chief executive officer Sue McKee.
West Moreton Hospital and Health service chief executive officer Sue McKee. Contributed

Ipswich health network staff fear job cuts

EXECUTIVES in charge of health services across Ipswich say they are in the final stages of a "thorough" review into all positions on temporary contracts.

Staff are expected to find out the results of the review, and whether it will mean job cuts, in the next few days.

"We expect to be in a position to notify affected staff early next week," West Moreton Hospital and Health service chief executive officer Sue McKee said in a statement to the QT yesterday.

"We don't believe it would be fair to provide any further information in a public forum until after staff have been notified."

The review is one of a number of cost-cutting measures to plug a predicted $6 million budget shortfall across WMHHS.

The measures have left staff fearing for their jobs and calls for any decisions on job cuts to be announced as soon as possible.

A staff member at Ipswich Hospital, who asked to remain anonymous, said staff were frustrated at rumours of job losses circulating the hospital.

"Staff are aware the review has been occurring and were provided with a further update earlier this week and again today," Ms McKee said on Friday.

In a regular staff email sent earlier this week, Ms McKee told WMHHS's workforce the service's financial position was unsustainable.

"We have a problem that needs to be addressed as a priority if we wish to continue delivering excellent care for our patients," she told staff.

A total of 1947 people across the health network are on temporary arrangements, which includes everything from fixed-term projects to backfilling on maternity leave.

It totals more than two thirds of their workforce.

"A key focus for the review has been to minimise the impact on staff and on the delivery of health services at the front line," Ms McKee said.

"I am very confident that we will be able to limit any impact to only a very small proportion of staff on temporary arrangements."



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