Everyone gets paid but Queensland Health workers

21 Jun 2010 2:23 PMJann Stuckey

18 June 2010

While Queensland Health struggled to pay its staff properly and on time, international IT ‘experts’ were being paid top-dollar to attempt to fix the QH pay fiasco, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said Queensland taxpayers were again being made to foot the bill for yet another attempt to end the ongoing disaster which  is  Queensland Health’s new payroll system.

“Barely two months ago Minister Schwarten said ‘there would be no cost to the government’ when he flew out Infor Canada consultants in a so-far futile attempt to solve this problem,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Now we discover that new contracts worth $350,000 have been written to fly-in these ‘free’ international computer experts.

“This is the same minister who told Parliament on September 17 last  year  the Queensland Health payroll system roll-out would cost $20 million and there was ‘no extra money’.

“We now know the cost of the QH pay fiasco is $40 million and rising and there is no end in sight.

“The only thing Queenslanders can count on is when Robert Schwarten says it won’t cost taxpayers any more money, you can bet he has another bill in his back pocket for long-suffering taxpayers.

“Once again we have an incompetent Bligh Labor minister refusing to take responsibility for the disasters unfolding under his watch.

“While Minister Schwarten spends money flying in experts, Queensland Health employees still don’t have any guarantee when they will be paid in full, on time or at all.”

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