GP shortage at centre of rural healthcare crisis: inquiry

NSW Health Deputy Secretary Nigel Lyons says he will work with the Federal Government to address primary care workforce issues

The ongoing shortage of GPs and other health workers is the main reason for substandard care in regional and rural NSW, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

The long-running state inquiry, which has had 700 submissions, wrapped up on Wednesday.

It heard shocking tales of poor care from patients and their families across 15 hearings over 18 months.

The evidence had been "very difficult to listen to", NSW Health Deputy Secretary Nigel Lyons told the final hearing.

"To these people and their