While the Morrison government plays political games in Canberra, to stall parliament and try and prevent medical transfers, refugees are slowly but surely dying on Manus Island.
A twenty-eight year old Iraqi refugee is dying in the Pacific International Hospital (PIH). Hospital staff have watched him deteriorate for the last 20 days since he was admitted. They can no longer access veins in his emaciated arms to provide intravenous treatment. He is not able to speak and is unresponsive.
“While Morrison talk about closing Parliament, this young man is dying, because the government will not accept doctors’ recommendations. Their policy is more important to them than the lives of refugees,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“Four people have been transferred from Manus to Australia because of court orders. Border Force was told in July 2017, more than eighteen months ago that nothing could be done for him in PNG and he should be transferred to get the treatment he needed. Turnbull, Morrison and Dutton did nothing until legal action was taken.”
“The ministerial veto over medical transfers has to go. The Liberals’ stalling tactics in parliament is costing lives.”
Meanwhile the situation on Manus gets more desperate by the day. Two more acutely ill refugees were medivacced from Manus to Port Moresby yesterday (Wednesday 5 December). They will join around 10 other refugees already in PIH.