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Australia accused of blocking doctors' visit to asylum seekers

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:186
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The Australian government has been accused of pressuring a tiny Pacific Island nation to block the visit of an independent team of specialists to review the health conditions of asylum seekers held there.

    The team was offered visas to Nauru after its head doctor, Kieren Keke, said the island's only hospital had struggled to cope with a 30 day hunger strike by up to 45 mainly Afghan asylum seekers who were detained trying to enter Australia.

    The hunger strike was suspended recently after the Australian specialists announced plans to visit the island, …

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