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Report: IHS out of control

Published 09/29/2010, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The federal Indian Health Service has hired convicted criminals, failed to stop employees from stealing narcotics and allowed workers to take paid leave for more than a year while being investigated for misconduct, a federal investigation has found.
The investigation disclosed years of mismanagement that have led to poor patient care, longterm vacancies and other problems at the Aberdeen Area of the Indian Health Service, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

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