Senior medical staff protest outside Gold Coast uni hospital

MORE than 100 people, including senior health staff, gathered outside the Gold Coast University Hospital today to take a stand against new controversial doctors contracts introduced by the Liberal National Party.

The Together Union organised the midday meeting which was attended by dozens of doctors and nurses who were also joined by supporting members of the public.

Secretary Alex Scott was there to discuss the latest health crisis with senior specialists.


Together claimed some doctors are working while fatigued. He said other issues they would raise were unfair dismissal rights and their right to stand up for patients.

Protests - Elise Worthington

Angry senior medical officers protest against new controversial contracts outside Gold Coast University Hospital. PICTURE: Elise Worthington

Labor candidate for Burleigh for the next state election, Gail Hislop, said doctors and nurses have raised some serious issues with her about Queensland Health.

Ms Hislop said she was worried about the Workchoices-style contracts that Senior Medical Officers are being forced to signed by June 1.

She said these contracts strip basic rights and entitlements.

Ms Hislop called for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg to backflip and enter into constructive negotiations.

Queensland Health’s Director-General met with senior doctor representatives on Monday and now believes he has “greater clarity” on the key issues.

Ian Maynard said he found that hearing directly from senior doctors over the past week had raised the issue of linking key performance indicators with income.

He said more meetings would be held on Thursday and Friday to finalise discussions and plot a way forward.