Fears grow for asylum seeker health

The recent dissolution of the Immigration Health Advisory Group is set to leave already vulnerable asylum seekers at even greater risk.

In the weeks before Christmas last year, a letter was sent to the top civil servant in the Federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Martin Bowles.

The letter was a restrained yet impassioned plea deploring the way department officials were ignoring advice from the Immigration Health Advisory Group (IHAG) — a source of independent medical advice on how to protect the health of thousands

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