Sarah Harvey

Queensland Health payroll still an issue six years on

SIX years after the Queensland Health payroll debacle, the matter is still dominating health debate in parliament.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick told the parliamentary budget estimates hearing on Wednesday the government was still chasing millions of dollars that had been overpaid to staff.

The committee heard the government had referred debt of $4.8 million to debt collectors. Mr Dick told the hearing debt collectors were only chasing debt from former employees.

The matter dominated the health minister's hearing. Shadow health minister John-Paul Langbroek said the mess needed to be fixed.

"Cameron Dick promised Queenslanders this year would see the end to this sorry chapter in the state's history and employees could move on," Mr Langbroek said.

"This debacle has drawn on for too long and Queenslanders deserve better."

Mr Langbroek told the ABC on Wednesday the LNP sent debt collectors after just eight former Queensland Health staff as the amounts were so significant.

But Mr Dick said the LNP referred about 2600 former staff to external debt collectors.

"The fact is the same collection policies operate now as did under the former LNP government," he said.

"If Mr Langbroek no longer supports the policy that was implemented when he was a cabinet minister he should admit this, and he should also reveal what new approach the LNP would take to the collection of these debts."

Budget estimates hearings will conclude on Thursday. - ARM NEWSDESK


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