Insiders indicate that over $13 million has been stripped from the hospital in the current financial year, and up to 150 jobs will likely go this week. And more cuts are set for next year, with the likelihood that the just recently built Liz Plummer Cancer Centre will be closed.
Delay of construction and opening of the new hospital addition is also being mooted. One of the key problems facing the finances of Cairns Base Hospital - the short-sighted failure to scrap this inefficient, aging facility and build a new one saddles Cairns with the highest patient operational costs in Queensland. A new, properly designed hospital would have greatly relieved the budget for the hospital. Not to mention the ignorance of building your only hospital on the foreshore of the Pacific Ocean in cyclone country. Whoever made this stupid decision should have been strung up.
Attempts to get a response from CEO Julie Hartley-Jones have been unsuccessful.
We understand MP for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King was briefed last Monday on the cuts. Fighting for Cairns? In your dreams.
While all these cuts are being blamed on the federal government, who's to really say what's going on? Smaller hospitals have been told that cuts were required due to "census adjustments". But Cairns is the fastest-growing city in Queensland? How can cuts be justified - we're not even keeping up now!
With both sides of politics at new lows, the sacking of health workers in a lead-up to a federal election could shockingly be a new election ploy by both sides - with "restoration of services" being part of the ALP and LNP campaign promises. It's not beneath either of these groups to throw health workers under their campaign buses. Your anger should be directed at the local members, and the local Hospital Board.
If the puppets appointed to the Hospital Board - "Unsir" Bob Norman, Leeanne Bou-Samra, Margaret Cochrane, Carolyn Eagle, and Dr. Henry Glennie had an iota of civic pride, they'd all resign instead of serving as puppets for this kind of chicanery.