Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Doctors Say Trust Has Gone

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Doctors Say Trust Has Gone

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

TRUST in the State Government has eroded to such low levels that doctors involved in the contracts dispute are not willing to accept mere words anymore.

That is why doctors from Nambour General Hospital went to a meeting in Brisbane last night.

They wanted legal advice on a last-minute compromise offered by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg on Monday night.

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation was advising doctors to sign letters of resignation ahead of the meeting to begin its "mass resignation strategy".

Nambour anaesthetist Dr Alan Millard said doctors did not want to resign, but they did not believe the State Government either.

"The trust is so eroded. The Minister dragged it to this point, this is why such strong action was taken by doctors,'' he said.

Dr Millard said he would be "satisfied" if an Australian Medical Association lawyer gave the okay.

"We are at the end game of a protracted industrial dispute,'' he said. …

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