The onus is on ACC to rectify big privacy-related problems
resulting from a consent form the corporation has used
unlawfully, Dunedin ACC lawyer Peter Sara says.
A district court judge has upheld an appeal by Dunedin ACC
claimant Dr Denise Powell against being required to sign an
ACC consent form in a case with ''serious ramifications'' for
A Dunedin dairy worker held up by a knife-wielding man for 45
minutes, says her battle with ACC left her severely
Seven trespass notices were issued to clients of southern ACC
offices in the past three years.
Some ACC claimants are being ''denied justice'' through
problems in accessing a ''very small pool'' of lawyers
specialising in ACC cases, and the high costs often involved
in challenging ACC decisions.
The cost of transporting ACC
clients in Otago has risen significantly.
While no injuries involved rogue
reindeer or fur-trimmed red-suited men catching fire were
reported in Otago, the excitement of the Christmas holiday
period still got the better of some people.
Through delays in changing a controversial medical privacy
consent form, ACC has missed a big chance to rebuild trust
and confidence after earlier privacy breaches.
The public health system should be clawing back all of the
money it spends on surgery performed on patients whose claims
are later accepted by ACC, Dunedin ACC lawyer Peter Sara
Any mention of changes to New Zealand's no-fault accident
compensation scheme is bound to be accompanied by howls of
outrage from affected parties.
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