Call for doctors to think hard about detention centres

Doctors who have worked in asylum seeker detention centres have repeated their calls for the profession to consider boycotting them, saying that those who work in the centres risk being “professionally compromised”.

In an article published in the MJA, two former Christmas Island medical officers describe carrying out health assessments of detainees, who were exhausted, dehydrated and “with clothing soiled by urine and faeces.”

They also describe how they had to

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