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Manus Island medical clinic may be shut down, PNG Government says

By Eric Tlozek

The medical clinic at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island may be shut down because its operator did not comply with medical registration laws, Papua New Guinea's Government says.

PNG's Health Minister Michael Malabag is preparing a report for the country's National Executive Council on alleged breaches of the Medical Registration Act by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), which is paid by the Australian Government to provide medical care to asylum seekers on Manus Island.

"The committee I set up will give me a report by early next week," Mr Malabag said.

"In the meantime, I am very disappointed our laws have not been complied with.

"We must not be taken for a ride."

The company is accused of operating its clinic without the proper registration and the committee is also reportedly investigating alleged breaches of tax, labour and immigration laws.

There were rumours from inside the centre that the clinic was preparing to close, but Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection did not respond to questions about that.

Instead it said: "The registration of medical facilities in Papua New Guinea is the responsibility of the Papua New Guinean Medical Board".

The ABC has contacted IHMS for a response.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation