19 December 2017
RACS is concerned about the health and welfare of people
transferred to Papua New Guinea from the decommissioned Manus
Island detention centre.
Our moral obligation is to ensure that asylum seekers are
medically assessed and offered a good quality standard of care.
This is a basic human right.
We also advocate that the conditions in detention facilities
should not compromise the mental and physical health of those in
the detention facilities.
As an organisation that stands for quality in surgical care, we
have a responsibility to advocate for the provision of equitable
access to healthcare and surgical services in particular.
RACS has a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific and provides
specialist medical education, training, capacity development and
medical aid to sixteen countries in the region. We are, therefore,
in a position to provide expert input and support, and to work with
the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments to address the
health concerns of asylum seekers.
RACS calls on all parties involved to ensure that the asylum
seekers have timely and equitable access to health services.
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