FACT 1: Actually 11 doctors decide this incl. an Independent Medical Panel that makes final medical recommendation made up of 9 doctors that incl. Surgeon General of Border Force, Home Affairs & C/w Chief Medical Officer
FACT 3: Yes 60 health professionals, but they're fly in-fly out. Therefore there’s only about 1/2 @ any one time. Also rostered on in 3 shifts a day, so only a maximum of 8-10 doctors per shift.
FACT 5: 12 people have died.
No mental health services on Manus
Our data shows 100s without medical care
Our data shows people waiting up to 5 years for medical transfer
FACT 6: If someone brought to Oz had been charged with serious crime would be held in detention while being treated under sole discretion & control of Minister. No risk.
FACT 7: It is a standing 5 year practice of Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Gov that all people medically transferred here (almost 900 so far) are all placed into detention, so this is just the status quo.
FACT 8: Minister still in control. Can refuse transfer if
- suspects would be prejudicial to security (ASIO Act) or
- knows has substantial criminal record and
- can indefinitely detain while in Oz
FACT 9: The bill does just one thing, make clinicians more central to decisions about duty of care than currently are and provide a pathway in law for sick people to be evacuated for medical care, that is it.
FACT 10: LNP Gov has already transferred nearly 900 sick people from Manus & Nauru to Australia for medical care and this has had no material impact on sea arrivals. #MedeVacBill
FACT 11: Gov doesn't need to, people can be held in community detention (residential) as they have done with 900 people they have transferred & keep in detention just anyone with pending charges, if there are any
FACT 12: Doctors act ethically, have a code of conduct they are bound to follow. Also worth noting every medical transfer that has gone to court, the courts have sided with the doctors every time.
FACT 13: “assessment” a ground because the medical facilities are so poor offshore that vital tests for health issues like risk of blindness & heart problems not possible.
FACT: Last year approx 80% of sick kids that were evacuated were only after legal action was taken or court ordered it. Gov consistently ignored recommendations of contracted IHMS.
FACT 16: They are some of the most vetted refugees in the world. Why?
MOU with PNG & Nauru required Oz Gov security check them all before sending them there. Then assessed a 2nd time as part of refugee assessment