Spotlight on senior doctors after payroll discrepancies

One senior medical officer (SMO) claimed to have worked an average of 16 hours a day for 180 straight days, which would have breached fatigue management policies.

Another was paid a $300,000 allowance to be permanently on call, even though the doctor was sharing on-call duties with other SMOs.

Queensland Auditor-General Andrew Greaves looked into 88 senior medical officers (SMOs) after Health Minister Lawrence Springborg raised the alarm.

His report found almost 8% of the 88 doctors examined appeared not to be at work during their rostered hours during a 30-day period.

It also found cases of leave not being reflected in the payroll system, and 20% had claimed overtime on days when they were late to work.

Since 2010, Queensland Health has paid a combined $500,000 to SMOs in overtime when they were in fact on some form of leave, the report found.

"The findings and information supporting this report warrant further