Changes to Qld doctor contracts passed

The changes passed on Thursday night mean senior medical officers will be offered life-long contracts that can't be varied to negatively affect doctors without an act of parliament.

It also limits the Queensland Health director-general's powers so directives can't affect a doctor's contract except when increased remuneration or improved benefits are offered.

However, the concessions may not be enough to resolve the dispute, with assistant health minister Dr Chris Davies on Thursday threatening to resign if the dispute was not resolved by the 30 April contract deadline.

Dr Davis will also be challenged in his Stafford electorate by prominent Brisbane maxillofacial surgeon Dr Anthony Lynham, who announced he would be seeking Labor preselection over the issue.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg urged senior doctors to look closely at the new offer before the cut-off date.

"The parliament voted to expedite the passage of this bill

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