An apartheid-style practice of separate entrances for indigenous people at some Australian hospitals has drawn criticism from a United Nations investigator.
Anand Grover, the UN's special rapporteur on health, has raised the issue of dividing screens at hospital entrances in a report critical of the Northern Territory intervention and indigenous health performance.
"I think it is very serious because it reminds me of apartheid," he told The Age.
A spokeswoman for the federal Department of Health said hospitals were subject to anti-discrimination laws like any other institution.
Grover stood by his statements yesterday, but would not identify his source nor any hospitals with separate entrances.