The N.W.T. government has shut down the Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority and appointed a public administrator.

Jim Antoine, a former N.W.T. premier and former chief of the Liidlii Kue First Nation, is now responsible for managing all Dehcho Health and Social Services facilities in the nine Dehcho region communities.

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Debbie DeLancey, deputy minister of N.W.T. Health and Social Services, says the government has appointed a public administrator to run the Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority.

The board has been having trouble staying fully staffed and there have also been concerns about how care has been provided in the region.

This past spring, it took up to five hours to send a medevac to Trout Lake after a serious boating accident. The woman injured in the collision later died.

"A board’s job is to monitor and make sure that there are standards in place and standards are being followed," said Debbie DeLancey, deputy minister of Health and Social Services.

"And if you find two or three examples where that's not the case, then the minister has to take that very seriously and think about what action he needs to take to respond."

Health and Social Services Minister Tom Beaulieu appointed Antoine.

Antoine will run the Dehcho Health and Social Services Authority until the minister is satisfied that some of those problems are addressed.

The minister will then decide when the board will be re-established.