Health pay woes are far from over

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

QUEENS­LAND’S Health Min­is­ter says the state’s health pay woes will im­prove but he doesn’t know when.

A new pay­roll sys­tem in­tro­duced for Queens­land Health ( QH) last March has made thou­sands of mis­takes.

An in­de­pen­dent re­port in Novem­ber es­ti­mated it would take 18 months and cost $ 209 mil­lion to fix.

Geoff Wil­son, who be­came health min­is­ter one week ago in a cabi­net reshuf­fle, said yes­ter­day there would be ‘‘ sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments’’ over the next sev­eral months.

‘‘ But it’ll take some time be­yond that be­fore all of the cor­rec­tive ac­tions’’ are in place, he said.

Mr Wil­son said he had re­ceived pre­lim­i­nary brief­ings only since tak­ing on the job but would have a de­tailed brief­ing soon about the pre­cise time­line be­ing fol­lowed to fix the prob­lem.

‘‘ We need to make sure that as quickly as pos­si­ble we can fi­nalise the cor­rec­tive ac­tions that had been taken by my pre­de­ces­sor ( Deputy Premier Paul Lu­cas),’’ he said.

‘‘ Work­ers are en­ti­tled to be paid ap­pro­pri­ately and in a timely fash­ion and that’s now be­ing put into place within Queens­land Health.’’

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