News

Miller demands details of $21m hospital cuts

BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller has called for the West Moreton Health Service to reveal the details of budget cuts after the board refused to outline what services were affected.

Health service chief executive Lesley Dwyer said rumours of widespread cuts to services were baseless, but did reveal $1.6 million was saved through staff redundancies and efficient rostering systems.

Mrs Miller, the Shadow health minister, said the remainder of the $21 million budget cuts should be explained to the public.

"West Moreton HHS CEO Lesley Dwyer has been seeking credit for reducing the local services budget by $21 million over the past six months. She has been praised by LNP MP Ian Berry for slashing the budget so quickly," she said.

"Ms Dwyer has, however, been less forthcoming about which jobs have been cut and what services have been reduced or closed."

Ms Dwyer said 80 staff had applied and accepted redundancies.

She stuck to her prediction that the health service would enter the 2013/14 financial year with a balanced budget.

"Of course we are only seven months into this financial year and there is still more work to do," she said.

"Nevertheless, this is a significant achievement and has been made possible largely through cutting unnecessary expenditure and better planning.

"For example we have put a stop to unnecessary travel and expenditure on miscellaneous items that do not improve patient care or our staff working environment."

Ms Dwyer said throughout the process corners had not been cut and patient care remained at the top of the board's list.

"Despite claims to the contrary, there have been no wide-scale service closures, but rather living within our means and looking for better ways to do things."

A board to run West Moreton Hospital and Health services was announced by Minister Lawrence Springborg last May.

The WMHHS received a budget allocation of $373 million.

Topics:  ipswich hospital jo-ann miller



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Somerset's big clean up after weekend storms

DAMAGE: The impact of the storm cell was widespread, tearing the shade sail at Pipeliner Park in Esk.

The storm damaged shade cloths at a park in Esk and Toogoolawah pool

Reflection place built by and for the community

Mayor Paul Pisasale with Larissa Ashbrook, 8, Jasper Gwyn, 6 and Haillie Gwyn, 10, at the Ipswich-Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Place of Reflection in Limestone Park.

Ipswich City Rotary gets behind the coalminers memorial

Beres Evans reflects on a job well done

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Ipswich-Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Trust chairman Beres Evans with the illuminated columns.

Columns to be illuminated at night for all eternity

Local Partners

FLOOD RISK: Mayors launch plan to protect $260M industry

A COMPREHENSIVE plan to deal with the flood risk to rivers and lakes in the Lockyer Valley has been launched.


Top 5 Christmas events around Ipswich

The Twighlight Christmas Parade was just the first of many events around the region.

THERE are plenty of exciting Christmas activities coming up.

It's official, Christmas has started in Ipswich

TIS THE SEASON: Plenty of families got into the holiday spirit at the Christmas Twilight Parade.

PHOTOS: Annual Twilight Parade draws hundreds, more events to come

What's on this weekend

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Things to do in Ipswich

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

World class CBD to lift Ipswich

Artist impression of the Ipswich CBD mall redevelopment.
Photo: Contributed

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!