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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:43 AM

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ACC's use of specialist medical assessors of long-term claimants has been called into question.

A report last night by 60 Minutes alleged that ACC favours doctors who write assessment reports that will cut long-term claimants' entitlements to compensation.

The allegation was supported by evidence from several people, including an anonymous ACC staff member.

In a media release, Green Party ACC spokesperson Kevin Hague says ACC's new board needs to show its commitment to changing the culture of ACC by changing its practices around engaging specialist medical assessors.

Last week, ACC minister Judith Collins announced three new board appointments and that interim chair Paula Rebstock would be the agency's new chair (>>nzdoctor.co.nz, 'News', 4 September).

Top-down change of culture needed

When asked if people can have faith in ACC's processes given that the corporation allegedly uses preferred providers, Mr Hague says: "Absolutely not".

"I don't think people can trust the ACC process but people currently have no other choice," he says.

"That's why I've been saying what is required is a top-down change of culture starting from the minister and the board."

Mr Hague says in the last couple of years ACC has lost sight of its founding principles and has been focused on the bottom line.

"Rather than thinking about claimants as clients they have an obligation to serve, they think about them as liabilities," he says.

Engaging with college's

Mr Hague says the Green Party has suggested several options for assessments by independent medical specialists.

One suggestion is to engage with medical colleges and have them appoint medical assessors, he says. Another option could be to extend the contracts ACC currently has with DHBs so DHB specialists make the assessments.

GP calls for assessors to be referred to council

Whangarei GP Tim Cunningham says it is time GPs started thinking about referring ACC's specialist assessors to the Medical Council for a competency assessment, particularly when their opinion is at odds with other respected, independent physicians.

Doctors should not be scared about referring specialist assessors to the Medical Council, especially if ACC has been unsuccessful when a decision is reviewed, he says.

New Zealand Doctor has requested comment from the Medical Council.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:55 AM

View Postfairgo, on 11 September 2012 - 07:43 AM, said:

Whangarei GP Tim Cunningham says it is time GPs started thinking about referring ACC's specialist assessors to the Medical Council for a competency assessment, particularly when their opinion is at odds with other respected, independent physicians.



Hmmmm what a good idea. If we can get our GP's to make referrals to the MC maybe that could be a good start to weeding out the dodgy assessors.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:56 AM

:wub: Hi everyone ...




Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ha !



I trust my Dr based in Whangarei and he knows the difference between right and wrong , shows integrity and honesty and is a true proffesional ...


Bummed out again ACC ! What a pack of incompentent loosers ever thought about getting a life and a real job ... ?



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