GPs compelled to give evidence in detention centre inquiry
Australian GPs Dr Grant Ferguson, Dr John-Paul Sanggaran and Dr Ai-Lene Chan are among those named to speak in the inquiry’s schedule.
Drs Ferguson and Sanggaran worked on Christmas Island in 2013, and Dr Chan worked on both Christmas Island and at Nauru in 2013 and this year.
Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs was unavailable for interview when contacted by Medical Observer, but provided a statement saying the compulsory nature of the testimony provided a measure of protection for doctors who might be prevented from speaking because of confidentiality agreements.
"By requiring a person to attend and give evidence, people who may have signed confidentiality agreements are lawfully able to give full and frank statements about what they witnessed and experienced while working with children and families in immigration detention facilities, both on and off shore,” said Professor Triggs.