Queensland Health Payroll Debacle Hits Six Month Mark

Some 50 staff members will again not be paid this month

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Queensland Health Payroll Debacle Hits Six Month Mark

A few months ago, I wrote a long blog about the on-going problems of paying staff working for the Queensland Health service in the Australian State of Queensland. Well, the problems are still on-going, six months later.

The health service installed a late, over-budget and under-tested payroll system on the 24th of March of this year. Immediately, technical deficiencies surfaced, which resulted in many Queensland Health staff not getting paid; some getting paid incorrectly; some employees who had quit a year ago (or died) still getting paid; some getting paid but with blank payroll slips to tell them what was taken out of their pay; and some staff even quitting over the problem.

The problems caused a major political row to erupt, with promises that the payroll problems would be fixed in the "near future."

Well, the near future is now, and according to this story in the Courier Mail, Queensland Health admits that at least 50 of its staff won't be paid again this pay period, and that it still hasn't processed 11,500 pay corrections that are needed. Queensland Health administrators did try to put a positive spin on the news, however, saying that 11,500 pay corrections is way down from the 35,000 that once existed.

Tell that to the staff who haven't been paid - or paid correctly - for the past six months. I am sure they will rejoice at the progress being made.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

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IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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