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Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice Western Syd­ney has been placed in ad­min­is­tra­tion

The ser­vice pro­vides es­sen­tial and spe­cial­ist ser­vices to Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pa­tients in western Syd­ney and the Blue Moun­tains

Pa­tients will be trans­ferred to other ser­vices in the next months

“The Health Depart­ment failed to men­tion that there was a lengthy pe­riod from Septem­ber 2014 where funds were with­held from the AMS, who were re­quired to con­tinue ser­vices and pay salaries for a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of staff and with­out ac­cess to those funds.”

The Health Depart­ment spokes­woman said funds were with­held for le­gal is­sues.

An AMSWS spokesman said: “It was par­tic­u­larly in­sid­i­ous of the Gov­ern­ment to sug­gest that there were con­cerns re­gard­ing the ‘de­liv­ery stan­dards’ at the AMSWS. This ac­cu­sa­tion is com­pletely un­founded.”

The AMSWS board of di­rec­tors has ap­pointed Michael Jones ad­min­is­tra­tor.

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