Australia’s chief medical officer on Nauru deported amid health policy crisis

Manus Island refugees protest at West Lorengau Haus. Photo: supplied

YAREN,17 OCTOBER 2018 (SMH) – The chief medical officer contracted by the Australian government to look after the health of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru is in the process of being deported from the island.

Fairfax Media has confirmed with government sources a senior medical officer on Nauru will be placed on a flight to Australia – expected to be today – and replaced.

It was not immediately clear why the chief medical officer was being forced to leave the island. The contractor, International Health and Medical Services, has been contacted for comment.

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under significant pressure from several of his own MPs to get children and their families off Nauru.

Global humanitarian giant Medecins Sans Frontieres was also ejected from the island, where it was providing mental health services to locals and refugees.

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