The Northern Territory Opposition says the Government's mandatory alcohol rehabilitation scheme in the town of Katherine is in a state of chaos.
It has been six weeks since the Territory-wide scheme started but in Katherine, about 300 kilometres south of Darwin, not a single problem drinker has been ordered into rehab.
That is despite six people reaching the trigger point of having been taken in to police protective custody three times for drunkenness.
The Territory Health Department says four of those people face pending criminal charges and, therefore, do not qualify for the mandatory rehabilitation program.
Another has absconded twice from clinical assessments at Katherine Hospital.
The last person could not undergo assessment because the facility was being used by a person of a different gender.
Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie says the system is a shambles.
"[It is] a chronic waste of taxpayer dollars," she said.
Ms Lawrie says all 12 beds set aside for the scheme at the town's rehab centre remain empty.
"People are not staying in the mandatory rehab system; they are absconding, it is not working," she said.
"Doctors are under duress, nurses are under duress and the streets are full of drunks."
The town's Venndale alcohol rehabilitation centre has been running at capacity for years, with most of its clients ordered there as part of criminal court cases.
When the Territory Government launched its compulsory rehab scheme in June, it quarantined 12 of the centre's 40 beds for the exclusive use of the program.