Health debacle continues

GYMPIE Hospital staff are still enduring pay problems after wages this cycle were again not paid.

A number of nurses and other health professionals have again found their pay packets were light-on this week following on from serious issues with Queensland Health’s (QH) new payroll system that started back in March.

Queensland Public Sector Union regional organiser Ron Fossen said the “pay debacle” hadn’t changed and QH staff were constantly underpaid.

He hears complaints from Gympie Hospital staff and “everywhere” he visits as part of his role as union organiser.

“People have been affected for months, they’re exhausted,” he said.

QH has started new strategies to help fix the communication issues that cropped up when the pay system went into melt down earlier in the year.

Staff now have easier ways to access help with their pays but according to Mr Fossen some still don’t speak up because they are afraid of getting caught in the system.

He said staff were still wondering every week what is going to happen with their pays after seven months of “stuff ups”.

Mr Fossen said a report into the failed pay system was due to be released soon.

Member for Gympie David Gibson started a Facebook page to show support for Gympie Hospital Staff who had suffered as a result of the wage crisis.

He has said hospital staff continued to work without being paid properly because they wanted to do the right thing by their patients.

The Queensland Nurses Union and QH had not responded to The Gympie Times’ questions by deadline yesterday.

Gympie Times

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