Mon September 24, 2012 11:41am
THE government will shed about 125 Queensland Health payroll staff by the end of the year.
A spokesman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told AAP they were among more than 1000 who have been manually ensuring health workers are properly paid.
He said many of the staff had been appointed on a temporary basis to help fix the bungled payroll system introduced by the Bligh government in 2010.
The system resulted in thousands of health workers being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.
"All payroll staff have done a brilliant job in dealing with difficult issues but we have to reduce the number of people supporting the payroll as the system slowly improves," the spokesman said.
He said in mid-October the pay date would be moved forward by a week to end the clash with rostering.
That means last-minute shift changes could be logged in time and end ongoing overpayments and underpayments, he said.
The spokesman said that as the system became more automated fewer payroll staff would be needed.
"There's a forecast estimating we should be able to get payroll staff (numbers) down to 750 over the next 18 months," he said.