Threat to health staffers

WARWICK health care workers on temporary contracts face losing their job as the Newman government tightens its belt to restore Queensland's debt.

Queensland Health said the majority in Warwick were frontline staff who would not be affected, and only one temporary employee would not have their contract renewed.

At a time when recruiting staff to man the community's health sectors ran at an extreme low, cutting temporary workers from the equation could add extra strain on the current situation, a health spokesman said.

Darling Downs Health Service District acting chief executive Dr Peter Bristow said the small percentage of staff working at higher duties might also need to return to their substantive roles.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said recruiting temporary staff should be put on hold.

"The premier has asked all government departments to hold off on recruiting new staff, unless they are frontline services, and the Health Department is no different," Mr Springborg said.



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