Pay rise for Qld doctors as 'hated' individual contracts dumped

QUEENSLAND medical practitioners have welcomed a move to replace unpopular individual contracts with a collective award that includes a 2.5% annual pay rise for three years.

Hundreds of doctors held emergency meetings last year after the former Newman government tried to force them off a collective agreement.

Now, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says peace has been restored after the government negotiated the annual pay rise and other perks.

"Under the former government there was chaos... the former government refused to listen."

"This is a new era