Qld Health break-up a stunt: MPs

THE splitting of Queensland Health has been deemed a political stunt by both Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger.

Premier Anna Bligh announced an outline of the plans to abolish Queensland Health on Saturday - splitting the huge government department into Health and Hospitals Queensland (HHQ) and the Health Corporate Services Authority (HCSA).

HHQ will focus on hospital and clinical services delivery as well as policy development, while the HCSA will be responsible for supporting frontline health staff with areas such as finance, human resource systems and IT support.

The State Government was forced into making the split after it was discovered a Queensland Health executive had allegedly embezzled more than $16 million from the department.

The new plan will also oversee the implementation of the proposed 17 Health and Hospital Networks and add another statewide network to deal with health areas such as pathology and radiology.

"(The) plan outlines a bold vision for the future of health in this state - from July 2012, as part of the national health reform project health care will be managed locally by local networks," Ms Bligh said.

But Mr Dempsey and Mr Messenger were both heavily critical of the move.

"(The Labor Government) knows that they are going to get hammered again for not being able to manage Queensland Health," Mr Dempsey said. "Now they are saying weeks before an election to 'trust us' and people just can't do that."

He said the plan would just add another level of bureaucracy to the already red-tape-heavy health system.

Mr Messenger also felt the split was a stunt.

"I don't think it is going to improve frontline health care," he said.

"I think it is just creating more positions for bureaucrats."

Mr Messenger said he felt the plan would not help fix the problems within the bungle-plagued department.

A spokesman for Queensland Health said no jobs would be lost within the Wide Bay Health Service District.

"Under the government's health reforms, Wide Bay hospitals will be locally managed as a Local Health and Hospital Network, managed by a CEO."


December 10, 2011 - It's revealed more than $16 million was taken from Queensland Health by alleged fraudster Joel Barlow

December 12, 2011 - The Premier announces Queensland Health will be split into two

January 21 - KPMG report on how to split department released

July 2012 - Split of Queensland Health comes into affect

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