RCH doctors refuse to return children to detention

Royal Children’s Hospital doctors refuse to return children to detention

SMH – 11 October 2015

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Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital are refusing to send back asylum seeker children to detention centres amid a showdown with the Immigration Department.

News Corp is reporting the doctors are concerned about the welfare of their dozens of patients and say it would be unethical to discharge them to unsafe conditions that could compromise their health.

Defying new federal laws threatening two years’ jail for health workers who speak out against immigration detention centre conditions, more than 400 of the hospital’s doctors stood together on Friday demanding children be released from detention.

“We see a whole range of physical, mental, emotional and social disturbances that are really severe and we have no hope of improving these things when we have to discharge our patients back into detention,” one paediatrician told News Corp.

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