CQHHS board chairman Charles Ware.
CQHHS board chairman Charles Ware. Sharyn O'Neill

3200 health workers facing big decison

MORE than 3000 health workers in Central Queensland have been targeted for voluntary redundancies.

As the government's cost-cutting agenda filtered through, the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service yesterday targeted staff employed at hospitals, including Rockhampton and Gladstone, and facilities to submit expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies.

In an email, seen by APN Newsdesk, the service's chief executive officer wrote the voluntary redundancy program would be one of various initiatives implemented under a transformation process.

"To deliver on our commitment to prioritise patient care whilst delivering value for money within a budget, as well as improve service delivery, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service will be implementing various initiatives under the CQHHS transformation process," the email stated.

"The first initiative is a call for expressions of interest from all staff interested in a voluntary redundancy program."

Employees have until February 4 to submit expressions of interest.

CQHHS board chairman Charles Ware said the service had some 3200 employees but there was no specific target for the number of staff to go.

"Evaluation will be based on each individual who applies, their skill set, the number of applications and the impact on the organisation," Mr Ware said.



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