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Sydney news: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard defends state of rural and regional healthcare

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Health Minister denies regions have ‘two-tiered’ health system

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Brad Hazzard said there had been a big effort to increase the clinical workforce in regional areas.(

AAP: Dan Himbrechts

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has defended the state of rural and regional healthcare while being quizzed about staffing and resources.

Labor’s Walt Secord used yesterday’s budget estimates hearing to ask the minister whether he accepted that people outside of metropolitan areas have a “two-tiered health system”.

Hundreds of submissions to a state parliamentary inquiry described limited access to doctors and specialists but Mr Hazzard told the hearing the government was working hard to improve conditions.

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