The west of Sydney is poorer in terms of health services than other parts of the city, a new report by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) revealed.
According to the report, the west part of Sydney has fewer hospital beds and less medical staff than other parts of the city, which cause more deaths from potentially preventable causes.
The report underlined that more incentives are required to attract more doctors to the poorly resourced area. It urged the State Government to announce better incentives for health professionals to attract encourage them to relocate come and serve in rural and regional areas.
Alison McLaren, president of the WSROC, said incentives could be up to $47,000 per year per doctor, and politics must be kept aside to address the evident divide in health services between the west and other parts of Sydney.
Speaking on the topic, Ms. McLaren said, "This isn't about politics, this is about people's lives and so we need to see an increased investment from both state and federal governments into both GPs and into hospitals."
The State Opposition's health spokesperson Dr. Andrew McDonald said he was not surprised at the findings of the WSROC report. He added that the State Government was liable to address the divide in health services among different parts of the state.