The Queensland government has unveiled a comprehensive new plan to replace the outgoing health body – whose abolishment was revealed in December.
In an announcement by premier Anna Bligh on January 21, the government has received a final report regarding the plan, which outlines the creation of two smaller agencies – Health and Hospitals Queensland (HHQ) and Health Corporate Services Authority (HCSA).
In addition to HHQ and HCSA, 17 local health and hospital networks will be created to deliver frontline services, along with statewide networks established to support treatment facilities including pathology and radiology.
According to the premier, the move will be the single most significant change ever undertaken – and the largest decentralisation of a public sector agency in the state's history.
"Today's plan outlines a bold vision for the future of health in this state – from July 2012, as part of the national health reform project health care will be managed locally by local networks," Ms Bligh stated.
"But now we will split the old Queensland Health into two new government entities under separate director-generals, who will provide dedicated leadership and defined accountabilities."