Health authority moves to gag doctors’ unions

Doctors' groups in Queensland are accusing the health authority of bullying after it launched legal action to stop them spreading so-called  “misleading information” about controversial new hospital contracts..

The Federal Court of Australia will on Monday hear an application lodged by Queensland Health against Together Union and its secretary Alex Scott, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF) and its president Dr Tony Sara, and the AMA's Queensland branch.

It is the latest twist in an ongoing battle betwen the state government and local doctors, which has seen senior doctors threaten a  mass walk out and a counter-threat by Premier Campbell Newman that he would replace them with overseas medics.

The health authority says doctors have nothing to fear about the legal action which aims to stop the ciruclation of documents the state