13 Feb 2016

Injured baby from Nauru will not be released - doctors

8:42 am on 13 February 2016

Doctors at a Brisbane hospital have refused to release a one-year-old girl, badly burnt at a detention centre on Nauru, until they are happy with where she will live.

The girl was injured when boiling water was accidentally spilt in the tent she was living in with her parents.

The ABC reported she was flown to Brisbane and admitted to Lady Cilento Hospital.

According to the hospital, the baby will not be discharged until a "suitable home environment is identified, as is the case with every child who presents at hospital".

The baby is now listed as stable.

Her parents are also both in Brisbane.

Australia's medical community is increasing pressure on the Government to remove children and their families from immigration detention, some describing the conditions as child abuse.

Meanwhile, a refugee advocate said 30 people have gathered at the gates of the hospital in support of the stand taken by the staff.

The action taken by the hospital staff shows they recognise that Nauru is not a safe or suitable environment for children according to Ian Rintoul for the Refugee Action Coalition

Vigil for baby at Brisbane hospital

Vigil for baby at Brisbane hospital Photo: Refugee Action Coalition