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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, December 12, 2011


    Premier Anna Bligh today announced plans to abolish Queensland Health to create the new beginning health services in Queensland need.

    Under the plan, Queensland Health will become two separate entities:

    1. A Hospitals and Health Care Agency (delivering through front line health networks) to focus on managing the hospital system, continuing Queensland’s record breaking waiting list reductions and delivering more services for Queenslanders
    2. A Health Services Support Agency to provide corporate services including finance, HR and ICT.

    Ms Bligh said the theft of an estimated $16 million, with large sums of money missing undetected for a number of years, was the final chapter in the life of the ailing agency.

    “Queensland Health as we know it is over,” said Premier Bligh.

    “Queenslanders can no longer tolerate the sick administrative performance of this mammoth organisation.

    “For some time now the administration of Queensland Health has been suffering because the current organisation is just too big.

    “We have done everything possible to turn this ship around. We have doubled the budget, implemented every reform and accepted every recommendation of a Commission of Inquiry and extensive reviews.

    “Front lines services have seen big gains, with our elective surgery waiting lists now the shortest in Australia and a huge rebuilding program underway across the State and an extra 4,700 clinical staff in our hospitals.

    “My focus has been on improving frontline health services for Queenslanders who need treatment at hospitals.

    “But this latest failure has made it clear to me that we need a new beginning for the administration of health services in Queensland.

    “No more reviews, no more taskforces or committees. Queensland Health as we know it will be abolished.

    “By July 1, 2012 Queensland Health will cease to exist and the Health system in our State will be reborn. I have appointed Shane Solomon, national leader of KPMG’s health practice and a former head of health in Hong Kong and Victoria.

    “I have asked that he report back to the first Cabinet of 2012, on January 23, with a detailed implementation plan to transform health administration.

    This will be the largest decentralisation of a public sector agency in Queensland’s history

    Currently, Queensland Health is engaged in Australia’s largest health building program, its capital program is $1.8 billion dollars, the next largest NSW, is $1.1 billion.

    “There are thousands of good people in Queensland Health who work hard, who want to do a good job and who want to serve the people of this State. They have nothing to fear. Their jobs are safe and they can look forward to stronger leadership and more satisfying jobs.

    “Queensland Health is an enormous organisation. It’s annual turnover puts it in the top half of the Fortune 500. It’s larger than the five biggest companies in Australia, and with 80,000 staff is larger than BP, or IKEA worldwide.

    “Big Australia accounting firms like Deloittes for example employ between four and five thousand people. Queensland Health’s corporate services is roughly the same size and is big enough to stand alone and provide similar services to help service deliveries.

    “The demolition of this agency is about giving people the structures and the leadership they need to do the work they want to do.

    “It is time to start again.”

    MEDIA CONTACT: Premier’s Office – 07 3224 4500