The Queensland doctors strike over the independent contracts could be resolved soon with the State Government and doctors unions reaching amendments to new contracts.
More than 1,000 doctors attended the Brisbane Convention Centre on April 16 to discuss future proposals regarding amendments.
Assistant Health Minister Dr Chris Davis nearly resigned earlier this month after waiting tirelessly for a resolution to be agreed on.
“It’s up to the doctors and the government to get to that agreement, the framework for the negotiations are there,” Dr Davis says.
“Everybody has agreed to the framework, a process and at least at this stage a provisional end point which is next Wednesday.”
Unions, however, are concerned the new contracts have less protection against sacking and will cause doctors to work while fatigued.
Palmer United Party Queensland leader, Alex Douglas says the whole process of resolving the issue has been unprofessionally managed from the beginning.
“The first thing they should have done is apologise,” Mr Douglas says.
“They were rude when referring to these doctors in parliament, these people that they are referring to are professionals.
“They have lost all confidence in them from these people.
“This whole thing is going to cost them more money in the long run, it is time for them to fess up and admit their mistake.”
Queensland Health Minister’s advisor Cameron Thompson says he is not surprised by Alex Douglas’s comments.
“Alex Douglas has never had good thing to say about the Queensland health system,” Mr Thompson says.
“The discussions are still on-going now and we have made an agreement not to talk about the process while it is on-going.”
Former cancer patient Nicholas Massey says he is worried doctors will be unable to give the best care possible if the contract is not changed.
“It is unacceptable that the government tried to impose these contracts on them in the first place,” Mr Massey says.
“It is disgusting that they have done this about the same time they gave themselves a nine per cent pay increase and back dated their pay.
“Then they have the nerve to make all of these cuts in the effort to save money.”
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital nurse Natalie Hancox says she is annoyed by ongoing contract debacle.
“Hospitals don’t work through clocking in and clocking out they can’t leave till the job is done properly,” Mrs Hancox says.
“Doctors will be doing over time without getting paid, which will mean all the good doctors will end up quitting and going private.”
The signing date is May 31 2014, with the contracts due to come into effect on August 4 2014.