Payroll bungle to cost $1.2b: report

MORE than a billion dollars will be poured into repairing Queensland Health's wretched payroll system, with a report tabled on Wednesday illustrating the massive cost of the Bligh Government debacle.

The KPMG report, commissioned in the first weeks of the Newman Government, estimated the bungle would cost $1.253 billion so the department's 80,000 workers can be assured of fortnightly paychecks.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told Queensland Parliament the report also revealed the former government's panicked response.

"There was an ant's nest of activity not just in Health but in other departments," Mr Springborg said.

Of the total, Mr Springborg said the government now had no choice to pay the remaining $873 million left to repair the system by 2017 because there was no other choice.

"These hundreds of millions of dollars should be available today to help sick Queenslanders," he said.

"Instead they are dollars wasted by the former government and marked for consumption by a sick payroll system."



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