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Qld hospital board in minister's sights

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Members of a north Queensland hospital board will have to argue why they shouldn't be sacked after its projected operating deficit blew out to $80 million.

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service board members have until close of business on Tuesday to justify their performance.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said an independent examination of the financial position of the service laid bare a "rapidly deteriorating financial position".

The Ernst and Young probe showed the service has a projected 2016-17 operating deficit of $80 million - more than 10 per cent of its operating budget.

"I want to assure staff that the Palaszczuk government's policy of no forced redundancies will be strictly enforced," Mr Dick said.

He praised the "hardworking staff" of the hospital.

Mr Dick said the service's funding had increased by more than $110 million over two budgets.

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