Member for Gympie David Gibson met with Gympie Hospital staff on Thursday to discuss their pay issues.
Member for Gympie David Gibson met with Gympie Hospital staff on Thursday to discuss their pay issues. Craig Warhurst

MP supports Qld Health employees

A FACEBOOK page Member for Gympie David Gibson set up on Thursday night – so people could show their support for Gympie Hospital staff who have been affected by the on-going Queensland Health pay saga – already has 37 fans.

Mr Gibson, who met with Gympie Hospital staff on Thursday, said there were numerous people with problems resulting from the eight-week pay bungle.

On Wednesday, Mr Gibson’s phone went into meltdown as frustrated hospital staff called to ask for help.

“Gympie Hospital staff have had a gut full,” Mr Gibson said.

On Monday at noon, Queensland Nurses Union and Queensland Public Sector Union members will rally outside the hospital and wear black to bring attention to their pay concerns.

Mr Gibson said the pay debacle had impacted on people in different ways, whether they were missing pay, like one staff member who was owed $1500, or they are having trouble paying bills.

Now Mr Gibson is calling on Queensland Health to have someone at the hospital on the next pay day with a cheque book that could immediately pay workers what they were owed.

“It’s not good enough to have a (payroll hotline) phone number to call,” he said.

Hospital staff have told Mr Gibson most of them were affected, with a couple in desperate situations.

Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Health Service District Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hegarty, when asked how many people were affected in the latest pay cycle, said only 13 people had contacted the payroll hotline as at 2pm on Thursday.

But Mr Gibson said he saw more than 13 people affected and staff had been unable to get through to the hotline or had been transferred numerous times.

He said unions had been too soft and needed to step up their commitment to their members.

“We trust these staff with our lives, families and children, and Qld Health is making them jump through hoops to prove their pay situation. I take my hat off to them, they’re still turning up, they’re looking after us and they do an incredibly important job. The least we can do is show our support.”

Mr Gibson invited people to come to the rally to show the hospital staff Gympie hadn’t abandoned them.

Mr Hegarty said Queensland Health was committed to paying everyone.

“That is why we have a safety net in place so that staff can get immediate cash and cheque payments on contacting their manager or the dedicated payroll hotline. Line managers are directly supporting staff with the payroll queries.

“Queensland Health is investigating the distribution of payslips as a matter of urgency and will immediately put in place processes to rectify problems in this area.

“Today we have issued either cash or cash-cheques to four staff in need of immediate assistance.”

Gympie Times

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