Premier and Minister Lucas,
Some questions and recommendations regarding the document below:
QUESTION: Why is the document below not an original document?
RECOMMENDATION: A copy such as this is NOT the original document. The original document is yellow and is typed. SING's advice is that an employee is entitled to the original document. SING's recommendation is that Queensland Health should always supply the original document.
QUESTION: Why did it take so long for this document (albeit a very hurried hand written copy) to surface? This document had to be requested by Centrelink on the 25 March 2009. Our SING SUPPORT GROUP member was dismissed on the 25 February 2009, whilst on recreation leave.
RECOMMENDATION: If Queensland Health want to dismiss Whistleblowers speaking out for "Official Misconduct", documentation should at the very least be an original.
QUESTION: Shouldn't this document at least have be signed by Queensland Health's most senior public servant - the Director-General? SING notes that there is no box to cross that has a heading "OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT". Perhaps it should have been crossed in the "Other" box.
RECOMMENDATION: If Queensland Health's aim is to make sure that credible Whistleblowers or others speaking out and reporting sexual assault, abuse and neglect in our nursing homes, never receive employment in any capacity again, perhaps this aim would be better accomplished if the Director-General signs these types of documents. SING suggests that destroying the reputation of an ex-employee, destroying the career path of an ex-employee, destroying an ex-employees ability to obtain work inside or outside of Queensland Health, would be much better accomplished if the documents look professional.
QUESTION: Shouldn't this document have the box left empty which asks: Has a claim been made, or is a claim likely to be made, for workers compensation?
RECOMMENDATION: This box should always be left empty as SING's legal advice is that dismissed employees have 6 months to make a claim for compensation and up to three years to make a common law claim. Other legal and Queensland Police Service advice is that REPRISAL is a criminal and indictable offence under the Whistleblowers Protection Act.
SING SUPPORT GROUP advises that Senior management at Eventide, Brighton and three senior Queensland Health public servants have committed REPRISAL against two of its SING members. Statements by these two SING SUPPORT GROUP members have been given to the Queensland Police Service.