NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson is set to visit the Illawarra today to draw attention to what he says is an "emerging crisis within the state's hospital network".
The tour has already taken in 17 of the state's hospitals and will today include Bulli, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
It is in response to the state government's $3 billion cut to NSW Health across four years.
Mr Robertson said nurses were being pushed to breaking point as they attempted to "cover ever increasing temporary staff vacancies".
"These staff are being asked to do more with less support and resources - they are determined to put patients first but are being let down by the savage cuts," he said.
But state government member for Kiama Gareth Ward said Mr Robertson's statements were "baseless"and described the tour as "smear and fear tactics".
He said the state government made no apologies for removing non-front-line employees from the health service,while putting funding back into nurses and doctors.
"When I go to hospital I don't want to see a bureaucrat, I want to see a nurse or a doctor and that's where we've been investing funds," Mr Ward said.
He pointed to millions in state government funding that had been allocated to upgrading the elective surgery unit and car park at Wollongong Hospital, as well as upgrades to clinical services at Shellharbour and a new cancer care facility at Shoalhaven.
"You only need to look at a hospital site in our region to see cranes and construction," he said.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has submitted an application for $14.4 million and has had its application shortlisted.
Mr Robertson said he would join with member for Keira Ryan Park in calling on the government to provide funding to upgrade Bulli Hospital.