'Profitability' clause concession in Qld contract dispute

Senior medical officers have threatened to quit over the individual contracts, which need to be signed by 30 April.
But in a move to end the long-running dispute, the government has offered to remove an existing clause where doctors could be sacked if their work impedes the profitability of their local health service.

Lobby group Keep Our Doctors feared medicos would think twice before keeping patients in for longer, or doing a costly experimental treatment.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the clause had been misrepresented.

"At present, this term is intended to promote respect for and the protection of public health resources," he said in a statement.

"But I recognise that phraseology has caused concern among some doctors and the government has agreed to delete any such reference.

"The changes remove the remaining doubts."

The clause will be removed from new contracts which will be sent out before