George Newhouse speaks on Manus asylum seekers treated at local hospital despite million dollar health contract

Last Updated on 31/07/2019 by National Justice Project

The Australian Government pays millions of dollars to a medical care contractor to treat asylum seekers on Manus Island, only for that contractor to keep referring detainees to the ill-equipped local hospital.

In this article, NJP Executive Director George Newhouse, spoke to SBS News about this crisis in the provision of adequate care on Manus Island, noting that the contracted PIH facility was facing an “unprecedented crisis” and struggling to provide adequate care. “It’s no more than a GP clinic in my view,” he said.

“Anyone with serious condition needs to be evacuated from Manus Island either to Port Moresby or mainland Australia depending on the seriousness of the injury and illness.” 

Video of the segment is available here.