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Australian doctors refuse to discharge refugee girl into government detention

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i930 (Published 15 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i930
  1. Michael Woodhead
  1. Sydney

Paediatricians at a Brisbane hospital are defying the Australian government by refusing to discharge the child of an asylum seeker, saying that she faces unsafe conditions in an offshore immigration detention centre.

Doctors at the Lady Cilento Hospital said that it was their ethical duty not to release the 12 month old, known as Baby Asha, into conditions that even the Immigration Department’s own doctors have admitted were harmful to children.

Baby Asha is recovering from burn injuries she sustained while living in a tent in the Australian run immigration detention camp on the …

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