Govt intimidating doctors over asylum-seeker health: AMA

Doctors are receiving intimidating phone calls from government officials to stop them speaking out about the health of assylum-seeker children, says AMA president Professor Brian Owler.

Speaking at the conclusion of an AMA forum on asylum seeker health at the weekend, Professor Owler accused the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of "zealot-like behaviour" in its determination to keep people in detention regardless of medical advice.

He strongly condemned the Border Force Act that subjects healthcare staff to prosecution and jail if they