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The damaging impact that the introduction of individual contracts for senior doctors will have on the training of doctors in Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Thomas Arthur
PO Box 123

Total Signatures - 1432

Sponsoring Member: Dr Alex Douglas MP

Posting Date: 31/03/2014

Closing Date: 30/04/2014

Tabled Date: 6/05/2014

Responded By: Hon Lawrence Springborg MP on 5/06/2014

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the damaging consequences on the immediate and future training of doctors in Queensland should the introduction of individual contracts force the resignation of senior medical officers.  A mass resignation of senior medical officers will result in the indefinite suspension of formal accreditation for many hospitals that train specialists, across a number of specialties.  It will also impact the accreditation of hospitals that train interns, affecting an intern's ability to gain general registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  This will effectively halt the progression of clinical training for a number of training doctors and threaten the sustainability of the medical workforce in Queensland.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to delay the arbitrary deadline for the introduction of the contracts and continue negotiations to reach an appropriate compromise with senior doctors, to ensure the continuation of a sustainably skilled, motivated and adaptable medical workforce that serves the needs of the Queensland community.