Medical services

Nauru stands by medevac record

The comments are in response to international criticism the government faced over new law blocking medical referrals made by overseas doctors.

Amnesty International called the law a "dangerous and callous act".

Nauru's Health Minister, Charmaine Scotty, said the attacks were unfounded because the country's medical staff were well-equipped to handle referrals.

Ms Scotty also said there were "many false medical reports" and other attempts by refugees in Nauru to "work the system" in order to reach Australia.