Coast Health Service CE Kevin Hegarty at the site of the new Sunshine COast University Hospital.
Coast Health Service CE Kevin Hegarty at the site of the new Sunshine COast University Hospital. Warren Lynam

Health boss says job cuts claim is scaremongering

NOOSA Hospital staffing levels remain locked in as the State Government labels LNP claims of frontline health jobs cuts at the nearby Wide Bay region as scaremongering.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Kevin Hegarty said the staffing situation on the Coast "an extremely positive one with massive growth in employment numbers".

"This was reflected in the Governments Service Delivery Statements examined at Estimates that show Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service staffing projected to increase by almost 1,300 in 2016/17 over 2015/16," Mr Hegarty said.

Noosa is privately run by Ramsay Health Care who are paid for public bed space and services by the State Government and these figures are not included in the staffing figures.

Mr Hegarty said the funds used to purchase services for public patients at Noosa Hospital remain locked in.

Health Minister Cameron Dick has called on the LNP to "end its campaign of lies" as the Palaszczuk Government continues recruiting where it counts.

Mr Dick said the government was getting on with the job of hiring more crucial frontline health staff.

"Our government promised Queenslanders we would rebuild the health system decimated by the Newman LNP Government - and that's what we are doing," he said.

LNP health spokesman John Paul Langbroek said 654 much-needed jobs would be lost from hospital and health services across South East Queensland, Wide Bay and Cairns this year.

"If the asleep-at-the-wheel Labor Government continues its streak of financial mismanagement, it's likely more of our hardworking health workers could face further job losses in the future," he said.

But Mr Dick told the latest estimate committee hearings that the Sunshine Coast region had received a 32.4% increase of more than $244 million for health services.

The Coast's funding included $106 million in transitioning to the new Coast hospital.


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