Dengue outbreak: AMA calls for independent doctors to investigate

The office of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Thursday that two asylum seekers and a staff member at the detention centre had contracted the mosquito-borne disease, saying the three patients were being treated and expected to make a full recovery.

But AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the government should let in independent doctors and specialists who would report back to parliament, so all Australians would know what was going on in the offshore processing camp.

Immigration disbanded its 12-member advisory panel of health experts in December, replacing them with a single adviser, military surgeon Dr Paul Alexander, to watch over the health of detainees in the offshore camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

“We have no problem with Major General Alexander,” Dr Hambleton said. “We are saying an independent assessment is needed.”

International Health and Medical Services, the