Two unions have snubbed State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg who has flown to northern Queensland to discuss the axing of 220 jobs at the Townsville Hospital.

The Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) and the Together Union are refusing to meet with Mr Springborg.

QNU regional organiser Mary Louez says the unions are having their own meeting with members and do not want to meet with the Minister until he gives ground.

"We have already planned a meeting with our members at that almost same time and therefore our members took precedence over the meeting," she said.

"But having said that we believe that Mr Springborg should invoke a moratorium on all health cuts."

The Townsville Hospital and Health Service says 60 positions have been identified for axing as part of the first round of 220 health cuts in the region.

Letters advising staff affected by the first round of redundancies are being distributed to staff.

Mr Springborg says 20 positions went because the Federal Government has pulled nearly $8 million in funding.

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