Anyone who has been following the sad saga of how our Queensland government introduced a new way to pay its doctors and nurses would have to see that the whole thing is a text book definition of of a total and absolute Fuck up, The Bligh government took a system that worked and replaced it with one that didn’t and subsequently they have tried to fix it on multiple occasions and still medical employees are not being properly paid. This is the folly of trying to fix things that are not broken, you risk making them far worse and for what? Usually its because some theoretician gets a “bright” idea of how things will be “better”. (there has to be a lesson here or those who think that they are “progressive” ;) ) Anyway to add insult to injury the Bligh Government has been trying to recover over payments made to nurses and doctors, threatening dire consequences to those who refuse to stump up the cash or dispute that any refund is owed. Of course its a PR disaster fro the Bligh Government so they seem to quite sensibly be backing down:
Now on one level I think that medical staff are morally obliged to return overpayments to their employer I can’t help thinking that the state government should just wear it and see it as a minor compensation for the inconvenience that their reforming zeal has imposed upon some of the most dedicated and vital people in the employ of the government. The message here for all governments is simple: If it ain’t Broke, don’t fix it and if it is broken fix it properly.
Otherwise you should not be in government.