Doctors still working 48-hour shifts

Surgeon and AMA councillor Dr Shehnarz Salindera is giving evidence to a NSW inquiry which has heard of concerns over long hours and natural disasters affecting rural GPs
Dr Shehnarz Salindera
Dr Shehnarz Salindera. Photo: Trevor Veale/Newspix

Rural doctors are being forced to work 48-hour shifts and have been hit by a string of natural disasters that are taking their toll on the already decimated workforce, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard.

GPs, surgeons, VMOs and locums have described the issues they face at the first public hearing of Health Outcomes and Access to Health and Hospital Services in Rural, Regional and Remote NSW inquiry.