Almost 6,000 Australian GPs have lambasted “deliberate government policy which is causing the pain and suffering of these children”.

Australian doctors are ramping up their campaign to have children in detention immediately removed from Nauru.

Australian Medical Association paediatric representative Dr Paul Bauert, who has treated patients on Nauru, said it was an “unconscionable” situation that could be easily avoided.

Health professionals are calling on the government to give the vulnerable children urgent support.

“This is the only situation I’ve come across where it is deliberate government policy which is causing the pain and suffering of these children,” Dr Bauert said.