ROYAL Children’s Hospital doctors are defying the Federal Government following showdowns with the Immigration Department over the return of children to detention centres.
Distressed about the welfare of dozens of patients brought to the hospital while housed in Australian immigration detention centres, RCH staff are demanding the Federal Government ceases locking children in detention.
The Sunday Herald Sun understands matters escalated this year when a child with a range of health issues was transferred from a detention centre, prompting a standoff of more than a month while doctors said they could not clinically discharge the patient.
While I have a lot of sympathy to the notion that mandatory detention is morally dubious, I also think that misuse of public resources for political purposes is fraud. Medical doctors prescribing medical treatment for political purposes and that are not medically required excludes actually ill people from access to those medical resources.