Premier Campbell Newman has vowed to push ahead with individual contracts in the public health sector, saying he is sick of the treatment he has been getting from Queensland doctors.
“All the complaints I hear about Queensland Health are definitely true,” said the Premier.
“I’ve contracted something that should be easily remedied. But no one wants to help me. Instead I’m getting lectured by a bunch of overpaid doctors who are rude to my face.”
Mr Newman called doctors’ grievances with the individual employment contracts “ridiculous hypochondria”.
“It’s not my job to make doctors feel better,” scoffed the Premier. “It’s doctors’ jobs to make people feel better.”
Mr Newman also denied he was trying to remodel Queensland Health along the lines of Britain’s National Health Service.
“There will never be a National Health Service in Queensland. What we’re striving for is a Liberal National Health Service.”
Mr Newman is confident that doctors will ultimately come around to his government’s point of view “if they ever want to work or play on a Queensland golf course again”.
He added that any doctors who did not want to sign contracts were free to go and work overseas “just like doctors from everywhere else”.
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