Split between Health and DHS over outsourcing



DHSSplit between Health and DHS over outsourcingThe federal Department of health has called for an expression of interest from providers to manage the processing of Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims and payments, along with benefits processing from the Department of Veterans Affairs, out of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and into the commercial sector.


According to a recent report in Government News the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) have criticised the move claiming as many as 20,000 public service jobs were at risk.


If that number of jobs were to go, it would balloon the number APS job losses up to 36,500 and raises real questions as to how the whether the welfare bureaucracy could actually operationally function, with one bureaucrat calling the 20,000 figure “totally absurd”.

Industrial alarm bells on mute, the big question being asked in the public sector, industry and parts of the Abbott government is why Health now appears to have suddenly parted company with DHS in terms of the latter being an infrastructure service provider.

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August 12, 2014

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