Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg
Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg Emily Smith

Springborg: Hospital should release refugee baby Asha

REFUGEE baby Asha should be discharged from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Queensland opposition leader Lawrence Springborg said on Sunday.

The 12-month-old, Darwin-born daughter of Nepalese asylum seekers was flown to the Brisbane hospital for treatment to accidental burns she received while learning to walk in a detention centre on Nauru last week.

The baby girl is believed to be well enough to be released, however, doctors on Friday issued a statement saying they refuse to let her go if she is to return to Nauru, citing concerns for her welfare in detention on the Pacific island.

But while both Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister Cameron Dick publicly declared the doctors had their "strong support" on Sunday, Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the physicians should follow "the law of the land" and release baby Asha, if she is well enough.

"We always should principally take the advices of clinicians about the status of patients, there is no argument about that but once a patient is right to be discharged, they should be discharged for and cared for in accordance with  Australian and international law," he said.

Brisbane Times


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