Doctors freed to speak about Australia’s detention regime after U-turn

Government backdown means health workers are permitted to air concerns about Nauru and Manus centres, although other staff still face threat of jail terms Dr Barri Phatarfod, president of Doctors for Refugees, welcomed the Australian government’s relaxation of rules around doctors speaking out about conditions in detention, but added: ‘It doesn’t change the appalling lack of care they [refugees] often seem to receive.’ Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images Doctors have been released to speak out about conditions and medical treatment in Australia’s immigration detention system, after a backdown from the government on one of the most contentious elements of the Australian…
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