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Posted 02 May 2005 - 05:45 PM

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Claimants Dissatisfied With ACC Case Management
Monday, 2 May 2005, 12:55 pm
Press Release: Acclaim Otago
2 May 2005
Claimants Dissatisfied With ACC Case Management

Dishonesty Following on from the written response of ACC Minister Ruth Dyson to questioning by Katherine Rich in Parliament, claimant support groups have been complaining about case managers falsifying records and covering up their deceptions for many years.

When staff falsify records it is surmised that this is done to deny claimants their just entitlements. Whether this is done to meet targets set by management, or to assist in the exiting of long term claimants is conjecture, but these actions place an often intolerable stress and burden on claimants and their families.

"Whether it be financial stress or just the feelings of total disempowerment by an uncaring system, the resulting stress causes deterioration on the fabric of the family and its social functioning." states Denise Powell, President of Acclaim Otago (Inc), a support group for injured people and their families.

To try and rectify this situation and attempt to correct false information normally takes expensive legal involvement, clogging the court system and making the retention or regaining of entitlements a lottery which is often dependent on the expertise of the legal representation.

Claimants echo the cry for no tolerance and prosecution for any ACC employee or agent caught acting dishonestly. Once again we call for the petition that is currently before the house asking for an inquiry into ACC case management to be actioned. Once again we believe that the taxpayer needs to know what happens inside this huge money gathering organisation. Once again we call for an inquiry.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 04:25 PM

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ACC Ignores Own Legislation in Rape Case
Thursday, 16 February 2006, 4:57 pm
Press Release: Acclaim
16 February 2006
ACC Ignores Own Legislation in Rape Case

A woman is raped, her attacker pleads guilty and yet she has to wait for the assistance she is entitled to because ACC doesn't seem to understand its own legislation. "This woman has been to hell and back and the last thing she needs is to fight another battle." says an Acclaim Otago spokesperson.

She goes on to say, " The comments of ACC's spokesman Angus Barclay in relation to the recent Napier rape case are quite simply wrong. Contrary to his assertion, ACC does not need an agreed rehabilitation plan before it is liable to provide treatment or other rehabilitation."

Section 76 (3) of the current legislation makes this perfectly clear.

(3) To avoid doubt, subsections (1) and (2) do not prevent the provision of treatment before an individual rehabilitation plan is agreed.

Claimants suggest Ruth Dyson, Minister for ACC, needs to take charge of her agency and direct it to follow the governing legislation. They also renew their call for an inquiry into case management practices as requested previously in a petition last year.

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:51 AM

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Cruel ACC Law Denies Assistance
Friday, 10 March 2006, 10:05 am

Press Release - Acclaim Otago
10.03.06
Cruel ACC Law Denies Assistance

"The government should change the ACC law back to where it was before 1992 so that victims of mental injury are able to obtain assistance from the state insurer", said Acclaim Otago spokesperson, Denise Powell.

Under the 1982 Act, victims of mental injury, such as that suffered by Mr Gardiner were covered by ACC and, if it was still in force today, he would be able to obtain entitlements such as weekly compensation if his injury stopped him from working.

"The 1992 Act severely restricted the availability of cover for mental injury and was the cause of considerable injustice, which we see today in Mr Gardiner's case. The Labour government, in spite of promising to deliver a fairer ACC scheme, has preserved some of the injustices of the 1992 Act and Acclaim Otago regards this as a clear breach of that promise", said Ms Powell.

The Ministerial Advisory Panel on Work-related Gradual Process Disease or Infection Report released yesterday recommended reinstating cover for mental injury to extend cover to situations where no ‘physical injury’ can be shown – but other forms of injury are proven – for example stress and mental injuries.

It is well past time that the government started to deliver justice to ordinary New Zealanders and it needs to implement the recommendations of the report in full so that people like Mr Gardiner can begin to heal the effects of mental trauma rather than compound the results of an horrific accident.

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