Australia's UN plan to protect Syrian health workers

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said a medical pact is required because Syria's hospitals are being used as military bases, preventing casualties from seeking treatment.

"When people are injured as a result of bombing or shooting .. they can't get fixed up in a hospital, they can't get treated by a doctor or nurse [and] the pharmacies have run out of medicines," Mr Carr told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Senator Carr said the Australian plan would call on all sides in the Syrian conflict to make a commitment not to target medical personnel, block access