Springborg to keep Downs in focus
THERE'S nothing quite like the jitters that come with the first day on the job.
New faces, new tasks and new responsibilities bring excited nervousness at any new appointment.
Government House was likely humming with those jitters to an epic degree yesterday, as Premier Campbell Newman's new Cabinet was sworn in.
Governor Penelope Wensley swore in new health minister Lawrence Springborg, along with 18 other ministers and assistant ministers.
Many people were surprised to hear Mr Springborg had been appointed as health minister following the LNP's landslide victory at the state elections last month.
However, Mr Springborg last week said he believed his appointment was a compliment and reflected the Premier's confidence in him.
Mr Springborg has vowed as minister he will ensure frontline health personnel receive the resources they require to improve patient care and outcomes, but has made it clear there will be no "overnight miracles" in Queensland Health.
The department had been riddled with controversy under the Bligh government, with scandals such as the payroll debacle and the $11 million fraud case.
About 200 hospitals will be under Mr Springborg's management in the new role.
Despite the heavy workload his new appointment will bring, the new health minister has said he remains focused to the Southern Downs and will still be spotted visiting local events.