Queensland Health is set to be replaced by two separate entities after the abolishment of the current government body was announced by premier Anna Bligh on Monday (December 12).
Under the plan, Queensland Health will be split into two agencies – management of the hospital system will be conducted by a Hospitals and Health Care Agency, while corporate services such
as finance and human resources will be the responsibility of a Health Services Support Agency.
The announcement – the largest decentralisation of a public sector agency in the state's history – comes after the theft of an estimated $16 million from the agency by a public servant.
"Queensland Health as we know it is over," Ms Bligh said
"My focus has been on improving frontline health services for Queenslanders who need treatment at hospitals.
"But this latest failure has made it clear to me that we need a new beginning for the administration of health services in Queensland."
According to the premier, Queensland Health will cease to exist by July 1 2012 and a report on the implementation of the new health body will be presented to parliament when it next sits on January 23.