Manus: The most extreme form of medical neglect

What happens when medical opinions are overridden by government

The Manus Island detention facility is an example of one of the most extreme forms of medical neglect countenanced by the Australian government, a Melbourne psychiatrist says.

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Professor Louise Newman says doctors “face core ethical dilemmas about their own ability to provide treatment within a system (offshore detention), which itself causes mental deterioration and psychological harm”.

Writing on the Conversation website, Professor Newman cites the case of Iranian Hamid Khazaei, who died from overwhelming sepsis in 2014