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Privatising medical imaging service in CQ a ‘betrayal’

CQHHS chief executive Len Richards
CQHHS chief executive Len Richards

A "CALLOUS betrayal" is how an employee has described the decision by the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service to privatise medical imaging services.

The employee, who insisted on remaining anonymous, said no consideration had been given to the staff whose lives were being turned upside down.

"This was a government plan of inevitable implementation from the beginning," the employee said.

"While there is some truth it will improve services, overwhelmingly it was a plan to remove the responsibility of maintaining what are by their nature expensive health services from Queensland Health.

"The whole thing smacks of a callous betrayal of individuals, some of whom have worked for the organisation for decades."

CQHHS chief executive Len Richards this week confirmed the move to private providers.

While he could not promise all 40 staff would keep their jobs, he said preference would be given to those providers willing to employ current staff.

Mr Richards (pictured) said staff who were not offered a position with the new provider may be redeployed within the health service.

The employee said there was no job security in private practice, the wages were comparatively poor and conditions were generally of a lower standard.

The employee questioned how private practice would be able to provide the "hugely expanded service" that had been promised.

Topics:  medical imaging, privatisation, rockhampton hospital




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