Health pay woes are far from over
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.’’