Dispute over hospital staff

By LYNDAL GAWEN lyndal.gawen@capnews.com.au

MEMBER for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten found himself in the crossfire of two warring tribes yesterday ? Queensland Health and the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ).

This time in an effort to defend the staffing situation at the Rockhampton Hospital, which is currently under review, the AMAQ took a swipe at Mr Schwarten for misleading information.

In a letter to the editor printed in The Morning Bulletin on Monday, May 9, Mr Schwarten said that there were 23 full-time specialists currently employed at the hospital.

This information was supplied to Mr Schwarten from Queensland Health who stand by the information they provided, but insists that a technical error was made in the letter.

There are 21 full-time specialists at the Rockhampton Hospital and two specialists are on their way.

According to the AMAQ there are only 19 full-time specialists currently working at the hospital, and yes two are on their way.

On reading the information printed in Monday's paper, president of the AMAQ, Dr David Molloy, said they called the doctors at the hospital and did their own count. "We're trying to keep the Government honest,'' Dr Molloy said about AMAQ's response to Monday's letter. Still not totally sure of where the error was, Mr Schwarten said: "I'm happy to say I've stuffed up.



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