Health minister removed in Qld government reshuffle
A senior Queensland minister will be removed from her portfolio with the premier tipped to announce a major cabinet reshuffle.
Senior ALP sources have confirmed Yvette D'Ath will be moved from the troubled health portfolio, but have denied suggestions the minister has been sacked.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered the decision in a private meeting with Ms D'Ath on Tuesday.
A government spokesman confirmed the premier was planning a major reshuffle but refused to confirm what role Ms D'Ath had been offered.
Ms D'Ath has survived a difficult period in the demanding ministry, which included dealing with COVID-19, the problem of ambulance ramping and a challenges within the maternity health system.
After facing down repeated calls for her to be axed from the key portfolio, it is understood Ms Palaszczuk will announce the changes this week as the government faces growing scrutiny over key issues.
Liberal National deputy leader Jarrod Bleijie has made repeated called for Ms D'Ath to be axed.
"The Palaszczuk Labor government is officially in a full-blown state of chaos and crisis," he said following reports of Ms D'Ath's removal.
Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch are also rumoured to figure in the latest reshuffle.
Ms D'Ath was Queensland's attorney-general from 2017 before being appointed to health in November 2020.
The reshuffle comes after recent polls showed falling support for the Palaszczuk government.
Support for Ms Palaszczuk plunged by seven points to 31 per cent, marking her worst approval rating since coming into office in 2015.
Labor's primary vote fell by one point to 33 per cent, while the LNP continued to increase by one point to 39 per cent in the April polling figures published in the Courier Mail.
The Labor leader's popularity has declined quite quickly, having recorded a 39 per cent approval in December's results.