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Jan 25, 2013

Uncertain prognosis for QLD health after Dr Newman’s cuts

Last year's headlines were full of Queensland Health job cuts and cuts to other health prevention programs in the sunshine state. It's a new year, but the consequences of budget setting

Dr Mark Bahnisch

Brisbane-based political analyst and Centre for Policy Development fellow

Last year’s headlines were full of Queensland Health job cuts and cuts to other health prevention programs in the sunshine state. It’s a new year, but the consequences of budget settings by Campbell Newman’s government are now becoming apparent.

The reorganisation of governance in the state health system, that is devolving budgetary decisions to Health and Hospital Services (HHS) boards, has led to a series of controversies around cuts not just to jobs, but to programs and facilities. Boards and HHS CEOs are constrained by the amount of funding made available by Queensland Health. Decisions now being taken, and in prospect, are having a severe impact on both urban and regional health services, their communities and workforces.

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