Government to destroy Dr Phelps’ medevac bill

Doctors say more than 40 people have been transferred to Australia since the laws passed
Dr Sara Townend
Dr Sara Townend.

The medical evacuation laws giving doctors greater powers over the treatment of offshore refugees and asylum-seekers appear doomed, with the re-elected Coalition Government saying repealing the bill is an urgent priority.

Drawn up by former MP Dr Kerryn Phelps and passed by Parliament just three months ago, the bill was heralded by doctors’ groups as a lifeline for helping detainees held on Manus Island and Nauru to access medical care.