Chief Executive of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Adrian Pennington.
Chief Executive of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Adrian Pennington. Mike Knott

Privatising health service risks jobs

A DEADLINE of May 31 has been set for the shift of the Health and Community Care Services from the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services and into the private sector.

The changes could affect 1400 clients who rely on the service in the Wide Bay region.

Chief executive Adrian Pennington said the hospital and health service would continue to deliver HACC services while the Federal Department of Health and Aging finalised the structure for the transition.

Together Union Wide Bay organiser Donna Webster said about 120 health service workers could lose their jobs in the Wide Bay region.

"We have had workers tell us they have received letters informing them they will no longer be required as of May 5," she said.

Mr Pennington said there could be no determination as to the impact on staff until a new provider was appointed.

The task of identifying a suitable provider of services in place of HACC rested with DoHA.

"It is not a decision that rests with the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service," he said.

"At this stage, it looks as though we will now be ceasing delivery of HACC services by May 31."