Jobs under threat after shortfall of health funds to state

JOBS at Gladstone Base Hospital are expected to come under threat following a Federal Government decision to remove $4.8m of funding from the State Government's pocket.

Yesterday the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service board reported a shortfall of funds after a Commonwealth decision to claw back money from the states during the 2011-2012 financial year.

This comes as the Queensland Government claims it has been short-changed $40m of retrospective funding from the National Healthcare Special Purpose Payment.

A spokesman for State Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg said that the changes were unrealistic in improving the government's efficiency in meeting targets. It's believed sweeping changes would leave hospital and health boards to recuperate funds through job cuts across the sector.

"It's a total disaster, the State Government expects us to go from zero to superhero by June 2014," the spokesman said. The Federal Government argues it will continue to increase Queensland Health funding by 21% over the next four years.