Medical evacuations are essential to maintain basic human decency


Some lessons are learned too late. For refugee Hamid Khazaei, who died of sepsis contracted on Manus Island, belated reforms can no longer help.

  • Catherine Stubberfield
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

Reflecting on his death, the Queensland State Coroner earlier this year could not have been clearer in his findings.

That bureaucrats and politicians should never be allowed to override a clinical decision made by a medical doctor.

That Australia retains responsibility for those it has relocated under so-called “offshore processing” in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

That had he been evacuated to Australia within 24 hours of…

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