- Lady Cilento hospital doctors win Queensland health minister's support over baby
- Lady Cilento Children's Hospital stands firm on baby Asha
- Hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker toddler to prevent return to Nauru
Refugee baby Asha should be discharged from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Queensland opposition leader Lawrence Springborg said on Sunday.
Baby Asha given 'sanctuary' by hospital
Brisbane's Lady Cilento hospital refuses to release baby Asha because Nauru is not a "suitable home environment". Nine News
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.
"We always should take advice of clinicians with regards to the suitability of a patient for discharge, regardless of whether they are an infant, a child or an adult, but of course once the person is right to be discharged, they should be treated in accordance with the law of the land."
In expressing her support for the doctors, Ms Palaszczuk denied the act was politically motivated.
"These are clinical decisions the doctors are making in the best interests of the patient they are dealing with at the time," she said.
"I believe they are acting in the best interests (of Asha), they are making a clinical decision."
Mr Dick said the doctors were best placed to act in the interests of baby Asha's welfare.
"I strongly support the decisions of clinicians in our public hospitals, I strongly support decisions they make about the welfare of patients, they are best placed to do that," he said.
"I support the decisions made by clinicians made by Lady Cilento in relation to baby Asha, they are best placed to tdo that.
"The responsibility now falls on the prime minister and the immigration minister Peter Dutton, who is also a Queenslander, to make the right decision for baby Asha and her family.
"The Commonwealth Government now needs to do the right thing by this family and this child."
A spokeswoman for Mr Dutton said he would not comment on the matter.
Ms Palaszczuk reiterated the refugee resettlement offer made to the federal government in the wake of a High Court ruling that will see more than 260 asylum seekers forcibly returned to Nauru.
"My government stands absolutely ready to look after the people who are due to be sent back to Nauru, I'll make it perfectly clear, we stand ready, willing and able to do that," she said.
"As I have said previously, I call on the prime minister to show some humanity, in relation to the treatment of these families."
Supporters of the Lady Cilento doctors decision to provide sanctuary to baby Asha returned to the hospital for the second day on Sunday, protesting the government's decision to send the little girl's family and other asylum seekers back to Nauru.