Access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote parts of NSW will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee.
The NSW Upper House committee will compare health outcomes for those living in remote and rural regions to city dwellers, the inquiry chairman, Labor MLC Greg Donnelly, said on Wednesday.
"We believe it is imperative that people who live in rural, regional and remote areas have comparable health outcomes and access to health and hospital services to those who live in metropolitan areas," he said in a statement.
The committee would examine: health outcomes, patient experiences, wait-times and quality of care for people who live in rural, regional and remote NSW and how they compared to metropolitan local health district services.
The committee would also consider access to health and hospital services in those areas, including service availability, barriers to access and the quality of available services.
Staffing challenges, the provision of ambulances services, and the availability of oncology treatments and palliative care in rural, regional and remote areas would also been considered.
"This is an opportunity for people living outside of metropolitan areas to have their views heard by a parliamentary committee and for the committee to gather valuable information on health and patient outcomes in those areas," Mr Donnelly said.
Submissions from interested stakeholders and members of the community are welcome until December 13 with public hearings starting next year.
Australian Associated Press