Australia: Hospital Refuses to Discharge Asylum Baby

Recently, the Australian government has announced the deportation of asylum seekers to Nauru in the wake of which an Australian hospital has refused to discharge an asylum baby.

The decision has come following reports and concerns about the inappropriate living conditions in the detention centres. The doctors have gathered huge support from the protesters who assembled outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to show their agreement.

The asylum baby suffered from severe burns at one of the immigration camps on Nauru Island. The Brisbane’s hospital, therefore, said that the year-old girl, known by the pseudonym of “Baby Asha”, will not be allowed to be discharged until she gets a suitable and safe environment to live in.

“As widely reported, we are currently treating a young child from the Nauru Detention Centre at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital,” a hospital spokesperson told CNN. “In line with every child who presents at the hospital, this patient will only be discharged once a suitable home environment is identified.”

The advocacy group GetUp confirmed the baby’s situation. The spokeswoman of the group said that protesters were standing united with the baby’s parents and the hospital. She told Reuters that they will be calling Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and urge him to do only what is right and allow the family to stay in Australia.

In September, a senate committee report was released that said the living conditions at the Nauru detention centres were not safe and that reported rape and abuse allegations should be investigated. After the claims, the centre’s facilities were reported to have improved and hence the Australian government, earlier in February, decided to deport asylum seekers to Nauru once again.

According to BBC, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is yet to comment on the matter. “All decisions relating to a patient’s treatment and discharge are made by qualified clinical staff, based on a thorough assessment of the individual patient’s clinical condition and circumstances,” the hospital said in a statement.

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