It isn't lazy staff (as asserted by one letter in the Cairns Post today). It isn't management perks (although the precedent for these ex-gratia payments was initiated by the previous
There are two decisions that have guaranteed the Cairns Hospital will cost the government MUCH MORE to operate than other facilities around Australia.
|TOO MANY BUILDINGS. NO WONDER IT|
CAN'T BE RUN EFFICIENTLY!
Our email exploded with commentary from current hospital staff who've all noted how much of their workdays is spent traversing up and down very slow elevators to get from one patient area to another as part of their normal course of duties.
Instead of a new, efficiently-designed hospital on a greenfield site away from the ocean, braindead so-called leaders like Gavin King and John MacKenzie insisted that the Cairns Base Hospital be expanded instead of "inconveniencing" one end of town or the other. To ensure the inefficiencies continue into the future, the LNP and Bob Norman then moved to sell-off the 20ha greenfield site in the southern suburbs!
Delivery of patient care at this aging Cairns Hospital facility is estimated to be 25-30% more expensive than modern facilities solely due to the increased staffing necessary to run this hodgepodge of buildings.
You can't make this shit up.
This is why the board resigned - they are well aware that this infrastructure issue is a poison chalice for any cost cutting.
In order to "hide" the increased staffing, UnSir Bob Norman's board began the widespread use of overtime and temporary contracts for staff, further blowing out the operational costs.
As Cairns Hospital reached (and has now exceeded design capacity), the result of more expensive temp staff was inevitably going to exceed the budget.
With the government of the day now appointing an administrator to go over the operation, we can expect a whitewash of the problem and continuing endemic financial shortfalls at this major regional hospital. All while the hospital director bugs out back to the UK with an additional $159k of taxpayer money on top of the millions she took in salary.
Meanwhile, Cairns Mayor Bob Manning was quoted first as expressing "full confidence in the hospital board", and then when learning of their sacking resignation, said: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz". Now there's leadership!