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Qld health payroll continues to misfire

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland opposition claims increasing fortnightly overruns in the state's infamous health payroll system are proof the Palaszczuk government is not managing the issue effectively.

Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls said his party inherited weekly over and underpayments of about $1.7 million and reduced that to about $600,000.

But he said the situation was deteriorating under Labor, with new figures showing the pay cycle was misfiring by about $770,000 a fortnight.

"This is a sign of a government that is taking its eye off the ball," Mr Nicholls said.

"Public administration is Labor's Achilles' heel."

The executive director of Queensland Health's payroll portfolio Philip Hood said the department processed about $193 million worth of payments each fortnight.

"Total overpayments each fortnight, for the last financial year, account for less than 0.4 per cent of the net fortnightly pay run," Mr Hood said in a statement.

The majority of overpayments arose from "prior period adjustments" where rostered shifts were not worked as planned.

"Prior period roster adjustments are a normal occurrence in any large complex rostered environment," Mr Hood added.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said 85 per cent of all overpayments were fully recovered within three months, with the remainder recovered within nine months.

"The recovery process is exactly the same as it was under the previous government," he said.

Mr Dick said there had been 1696 overpayments made on average each pay period in the 2015/16 financial year, compared with 1825 in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years under the LNP.

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