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Posted 21 April 2004 - 08:40 AM

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Dyson told of ACC bullies
21 April 2004
By CUSHLA MANAGH

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson said in reply to a written parliamentary question there had been no reported cases of work-related stress in ACC since mid-2003 but a trade union told her in September about bullying in the corporation.

The National Union of Public Employees wrote to her on February 20, 2002, about workplace stress. Allegations of bullying by ACC managers were also sent to Ms Dyson in a second letter last September, before her written response.

National MP David Carter asked Ms Dyson in December if any claims of work-related stress had been reported within ACC and, if so, how many in each of the past five years. Ms Dyson replied that ACC had kept statistics on employee reports of work stress since July and no cases had been reported identifying work-related stress as the "primary stressor".

Ms Dyson's private secretary acknowledged receipt of the first letter and promised a reply, which the union said yesterday it had never received. A response to the second letter, signed by Ms Dyson, said she was concerned and referred the matter to ACC's chief executive.

The Dominion Post asked Ms Dyson yesterday why she said there had been no cases of work-related stress reported when staff concerns had been raised with her by the union on several occasions.

She said she had been asked specifically about cases rather than allegations of work-related stress and had replied accordingly. She denied she was splitting hairs.

ACC has been investigated by Labour Department watchdog OSH after several complaints that staff have been suffering from overwork, stress and bullying by managers. The state agency, which is responsible for preventing workplace injuries, has said complaints had not been substantiated and it had confidence in its systems to manage workplace stress.

However, several former and current staff said they knew of colleagues who had nervous breakdowns as a result of working in a stressful environment. They said problems were rife in ACC's sensitive claims unit, which has 36 staff and has handled more than 20,000 sex abuse claims since January last year.

The union's 2002 letter complains of "excessive" workloads and stress being suffered by staff in the sensitive claims unit. Though Ms Dyson's private secretary acknowledged its receipt, Ms Dyson said yesterday she might not have seen the letter.

Union organiser Janice Gemmell said stress, bullying and workload issues were also raised with Ms Dyson at a meeting in Christchurch's trade union centre last June, and again in last year's letter to ACC's human resources director which was copied to the minister.

Ms Dyson said she had received "one, two or three" letters about staff concerns and had referred them to ACC. She was satisfied with how they had been handled and she promised to refer any allegations that were raised with her on to to the chief executive.

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 10:19 AM

The Auditor Generals report must be hot if this is the lead up. Well there goes our faint hopes of seeing a disgraced minister show courage and do anything about ACC. Lianne Dalziel and now her and they all keep lying right to the bitter end? Mind you it's easy to tell when they are lying, there mouths are open. Irresponsible tart? God save us all from the damage these grossly incompetent morons who are run by the public servants have done.
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 10:52 AM

"However, several former and current staff said they knew of colleagues who had nervous breakdowns as a result of working in a stressful environment. They said problems were rife in ACC's sensitive claims unit, which has 36 staff and has handled more than 20,000 sex abuse claims since January last year."
Problems are bloody rife in every sector of ACC. Particularly with the corporations policies and procedures in regard to its Individual Rehabilitation Programmes for Policy Holders and policy holders being bullied in to signing and complying with them. They are bloody rife with every long term claimant baying for their case managers blood over the policies their bosses have forced them to implement. Within days we have on the one hand someone producing a knife at Rororua, then, case managers suicidal over enforcing policy. Does ACC rea lly monitor this site? If they do, surely they can see all of this is true and they are doomed. ACC under this Government is a catastrophy of gigantic proportion with a negative flow on for every person in New Zealand and these idiotic swindlers still keep lying and covering up.
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Posted 21 April 2004 - 05:58 PM

can someone design a trophy to be presented to "The liar of the year"

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 06:13 PM

Acc Staff Complaints
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and the Corporation's Response:
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What he does not say is: Acc case managers have Key Performance Indicators - tasks and figures to achieve in monthly targets, this is related to performance incentives;:

Key Performance Indicators

Tail Management

Stock Target Reduction

"Tail Management" - David Caygill Speech, Acc Board Of Directors.
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:14 PM

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Doctors put ACC bullies on blacklist

SUNDAY , 13 OCTOBER 2002

By PRAVIN CHAR
Doctors are blacklisting some ACC case managers, whom they claim are seeking biased medical assessments to get patients off the scheme.

Professor Des Gorman, head of occupational medicine at Auckland University, said Accident Compensation Corporation case managers had approached him to produce this kind of report.

To avoid accusations of being "ACC hitmen", he said the university had compiled a blacklist of managers it would no longer deal with.

"As soon as we suspected we were dealing with managers who were after a particular outcome, that we were being used, we didn't deal with them. In other instances they have got angry when they didn't get the report they wanted."

Gorman's claims have been backed by medical experts across New Zealand.

Dr Harvey Williams, a Christchurch psychiatrist who has patients referred to him by ACC, described the problem not as "bad apples" but as a "bad culture".

"I think at times the ACC think they are buying a report rather than paying for a report. The whole ACC thing is to get as many people off their books as possible.

"When one case manager received a report there was a lot of disappointment because it wasn't what she wanted. I felt the best way to deal with it was for her to put it in writing - wisely she didn't do that."

Dr Peter Robinson, senior lecturer at Auckland Medical School and formerly the ACC's corporate medical adviser, now runs the Medical Protection Society. He revealed he too had blacklisted several ACC managers.

"I will now accept referrals from only about four case managers who I know and trust and have blacklisted at least half a dozen," he said. "There is an inference that certain opinions are expected and there are people whose opinions are not balanced.

"I had a recent situation where I was told by ACC to amend my report. I have gone back to them saying I will answer queries but I will not change my opinion."

There were suggestions case managers were given bonuses for putting people off the scheme.

Wellington occupational and aviation medicine specialist Peter Dodwell, who has handled hundreds of ACC cases, believes the managers are simply following orders.

Wellington barrister Hazel Armstrong, a former ACC board member involved in medico-legal litigation for more than 15 years, said it was increasingly difficult to get an independent medical opinion.

"The majority of case managers I have dealt with are looking for ways of getting people off the scheme."

But ACC chief executive Garry Wilson said he was unaware of any inappropriate behaviour by case managers.

"ACC uses more than 1000 doctors or medical academics for assessments of claimants and none has contacted ACC expressing concerns about the conduct of ACC staff," he said.

Any doctors who had concerns about ACC should go to him, he said.

"ACC finds it difficult to believe doctors or medical academics feel pressured by case managers."

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson refused to comment but National's ACC spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison insisted an investigation was vital, saying constituents had complained about ACC decisions.
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Posted 27 April 2004 - 12:14 AM

"The Poisoned Chalice"
It is a bit sad what they are doing to Ruth really. Poor buggar, after being shamed with the drink driving thing she probably dived at the chance to get back up the ladder. The scapegoat, already unsanitary, she fits the bill for Cullen and Clarke perfectly. When is parliament going to collectively acknowledge there are major problems with ACC? Doctors were saying what we were saying 2 years ago.Casemanagers are now finally coming out and saying they were forced to get exits. We all know without doubt that Catylist was disbanded because of what was found in the Auditor Generals inquiry in to their case management practises.
When a Report like this is delayed there is reason for grave concern especially bearing in mind the current state of affairs. To carry on with the exit programme now is now becoming a very dangerous mine field with regard to future litigation for ACC as a corporation. ACC is a Corporation gone Rogue. Run by anarchist bureacrats who know no laws but their own. Completely devoid of humanity, they gamble fiscals on the stock market stolen from the people they are charged with protecting. This is a state owned enterprise.
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Posted 27 April 2004 - 11:57 AM

What is SOE???
Stuff Over Everyone????
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  Posted 27 April 2004 - 01:32 PM

BillyBob the trophy you wanted designed for the liar of the year awards would have to be produced on masse :rolleyes:
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Posted 27 April 2004 - 01:36 PM

Flowers

SOE
Stands for Shit On Everyone
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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:34 PM

:wub: Hi everyone ...

Ohhhhh bugger is it still happening today ACC bullies ?

;) Have a great day ...
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:24 PM

No DRSL

You dont have to go to ACC to find bullies

Look online

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 09:19 AM

No complaints of workplace stress, They love it.Your case manager is psychotic. Psychometricly assessed,programmed and guaranteed by Massy University.Where they consistently go for reprogramming. This is all true.

If you do not believe me ask the CEO Jan White under the official information act if ACC uses Psychcometric assessments or psychological profiling tools when employing staff. They even go so far as rejecting passive star signs in favour of those with agressive astrological star signs. They look for the kind of person who held their pets heads under in the toilet as children and giggled with glee while the poor kitten or puppy cried in despair. frightened, desperately trying to climb against an impossibly slippery surface that reeked of shit and not knowing why?
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Posted 25 November 2011 - 11:52 AM

All this time on and it's still so relevant. It's election time and nothing's changed, if anything, it's worse under National, who intend to privatise, hence the wholesale dis-entitlement of claims/claimants. It's really wearying, to be on the brunt of it.

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ACC Minister Nick Smith has been accused of bullying a woman who is protesting the Accident Compensation Corporation's policy on funding of counselling for sexual abuse victims.

The Labour Party questioned Dr Smith in Parliament on Thursday about the policy introduced last year which restricts counselling to those who suffer from a diagnosed mental injury.

Labour says it means many sexual abuse victims are not getting help and many are suicidal.

Dr Smith last week announced a review to assess the impact of the policy change.

In Parliament, Labour's deputy leader Annette King asked Dr Smith why he telephoned Louise Nicholas, who was at the centre of the police rape investigations and who is protesting the policy.

"Berating and bullying her, saying the courageous women who signed T-shirts to highlight their concerns at his policy were part of a fiasco and a media circus, and if she wanted to speak out the only appropriate forum was his review," she told the House.

Dr Smith rejects Ms King's assertion, but says it was appropriate to direct Ms Nicholas to the review.


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Posted 26 November 2011 - 11:02 AM

View Postjocko, on 26 April 2004 - 11:14 PM, said:

www.sundaystartimes.co.nz

Doctors put ACC bullies on blacklist

SUNDAY , 13 OCTOBER 2002

By PRAVIN CHAR
Doctors are blacklisting some ACC case managers, whom they claim are seeking biased medical assessments to get patients off the scheme.

Professor Des Gorman, head of occupational medicine at Auckland University, said Accident Compensation Corporation case managers had approached him to produce this kind of report.

To avoid accusations of being "ACC hitmen", he said the university had compiled a blacklist of managers it would no longer deal with.

"As soon as we suspected we were dealing with managers who were after a particular outcome, that we were being used, we didn't deal with them. In other instances they have got angry when they didn't get the report they wanted."

Gorman's claims have been backed by medical experts across New Zealand.

Dr Harvey Williams, a Christchurch psychiatrist who has patients referred to him by ACC, described the problem not as "bad apples" but as a "bad culture".

"I think at times the ACC think they are buying a report rather than paying for a report. The whole ACC thing is to get as many people off their books as possible.

"When one case manager received a report there was a lot of disappointment because it wasn't what she wanted. I felt the best way to deal with it was for her to put it in writing - wisely she didn't do that."

Dr Peter Robinson, senior lecturer at Auckland Medical School and formerly the ACC's corporate medical adviser, now runs the Medical Protection Society. He revealed he too had blacklisted several ACC managers.

"I will now accept referrals from only about four case managers who I know and trust and have blacklisted at least half a dozen," he said. "There is an inference that certain opinions are expected and there are people whose opinions are not balanced.

"I had a recent situation where I was told by ACC to amend my report. I have gone back to them saying I will answer queries but I will not change my opinion."

There were suggestions case managers were given bonuses for putting people off the scheme.

Wellington occupational and aviation medicine specialist Peter Dodwell, who has handled hundreds of ACC cases, believes the managers are simply following orders.

Wellington barrister Hazel Armstrong, a former ACC board member involved in medico-legal litigation for more than 15 years, said it was increasingly difficult to get an independent medical opinion.

"The majority of case managers I have dealt with are looking for ways of getting people off the scheme."

But ACC chief executive Garry Wilson said he was unaware of any inappropriate behaviour by case managers.

"ACC uses more than 1000 doctors or medical academics for assessments of claimants and none has contacted ACC expressing concerns about the conduct of ACC staff," he said.

Any doctors who had concerns about ACC should go to him, he said.

"ACC finds it difficult to believe doctors or medical academics feel pressured by case managers."

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson refused to comment but National's ACC spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison insisted an investigation was vital, saying constituents had complained about ACC decisions.



But ACC chief executive Garry Wilson said he was unaware of any inappropriate behaviour by case managers.

"ACC uses more than 1000 doctors or medical academics for assessments of claimants and none has contacted ACC expressing concerns about the conduct of ACC staff," he said.

Any doctors who had concerns about ACC should go to him, he said.

"ACC finds it difficult to believe doctors or medical academics feel pressured by case managers."


Garry Wilson was full of bullshit

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson refused to comment but National's ACC spokesman Dr Paul Hutchison insisted an investigation was vital, saying constituents had complained about ACC decisions.

Ruth did what she knew best, refused to comment.

Paul Hutchison regarding ACC, what a lame fucker he was/and still is!
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:59 PM

View PostBLURB, on 26 November 2011 - 11:02 AM, said:



Paul Hutchison regarding ACC, what a lame fucker he was/and still is!


What can we do, we only get to vote once every 3 years?
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