Doctors face two years in jail for speaking out

A bmj news item by Michael Woodhead reports that Australian doctors face two years in jail for reporting asylum seekers’ health. Doctors are threatened with ‘two years in jail if they speak out about abuse and poor conditions in detention centres for asylum seekers’.

The legislation is part of the Australian government’s hardline policy which transfers asylum seekers who arrive by boat to offshore detention centres on distant pacific islands where conditions have been condemned by healthcare workers.
(Published 01 June 2015) BMJ 2015;350:h3008
http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h3008

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One Response to Doctors face two years in jail for speaking out

  1. Olivia says:

    Wow – thats quite a whistleblower’s gag! Wonder when Cameron will implement that in the UK?

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