Consultants on the money in health pay fiasco

28 Oct 2010 12:01 PMJann Stuckey

28 October 2010

Consultants reaped a $2500 per day windfall tinkering with Queensland Health’s dysfunctional pay system while workers were still waiting for their pay, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said long-term Bligh and Labor had its priorities wrong again paying obscene amounts to consultants while nurses and health workers were still not being paid in full and on time.

“How can long-term Bligh and Labor justify spending over $2 million for two consultants who have still not delivered a fully functional computer system?” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Minister’s continuing ignorance was yet again exposed when he claimed that this was nothing more than the competitive tendering process, despite the submission clearly stating these contracts were exempt from competitive offers for re-engagement.

“This is the same Bligh and Labor government which thinks it’s more important to track down Queensland workers who may have been inadvertently overpaid by a dysfunctional pay system than guarantee underpaid workers their correct entitlements.

“How long must Queensland expect this unacceptable situation to continue before Premier Bligh shows some leadership by sacking the ministers responsible and replacing them with someone who can sort out the mess?”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919