Qld hospital doctor dispute 'could cripple' health system

19 March, 2014

Junior doctors from around Australia have called for a quick resolution to the Queensland public hospital doctor contract dispute.

The call comes amid fears mass senior doctor resignations would cripple the Queensland health system and jeopardise medical training opportunities for the next generation of doctors.

Attending a Trainee Forum convened by the AMA Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) in Melbourne last week, the junior doctor representatives passed resolutions supporting their senior colleagues in Queensland and calling for a fair and lasting resolution to the contract dispute.

AMACDT Chair, Dr James Churchill, said public hospitals are the cornerstone of medical education and training in Australia, and a strong and motivated Senior Medical Officer (SMO) workforce is critical to the delivery of high quality medical education and training.

"Junior doctors around the country are extremely concerned at the potential departure of SMOs from the Queensland public hospital system," Dr Churchill said.

"They are highly skilled and experienced doctors, and crucial to the training of the future medical workforce.

"The senior doctors are a great asset for Queensland and should not have to endure the pressure and stress of the drawn-out contract negotiations.

"It is clear that the contracts as they stand are not fair and do not reflect the skills and dedication of the doctors.

"Our Trainee Forum has pledged its unanimous support to the Queensland doctors, and we call on the Queensland Government to deliver a fair and quick resolution that is agreed by all parties."