Jesuit Refurgee Services Australia welcomes the passing of the Urgent Medical Transfers Bill
Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) Australia
has worked with more than 50 children, women, and men who have been medically evacuated from Manus Island and Nauru over the last few years. JRS has seen first hand how sick people had become on the islands.
A significant number of people on Nauru and Manus Island still languish on the islands with severe physical and mental illnesses that could have been treated, or cured with access to necessary care, and facilities.
In the last two years, a dying cancer patient was refused palliative care in Australia, a child was allegedly raped three times on Nauru before being evacuated to Australia, and a young man in Manus died of preventable sepsis because he was not treated fast or adequately enough.
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