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Explanation of $100K THS Recruitment Bill Needed

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Tags: Health, Hospitals, Nurses

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The THS has had an interim CEO in place for more than four months, and the recruitment process for the permanent CEO is still not finalised. The government needs to tell us what's taking so long and why it's cost so much.  

The government’s glacial pace of health recruitment appears to be poor value for money. They've spent over $100,000 so far on the recruitment process for two senior health positions.  

This is $100,000 that could been paid for two graduate nurses in our understaffed hospitals.

When employing external recruitment agencies, it's normal practice not to pay until the job is complete and the position is filled. So why have the government got a $100,000 bill and no one heading up the THS?

It took six months to finalise the appointment of Mike Pervan as the Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services and the THS is still without a key senior position.

Are political agendas getting in the way of health service delivery?