Police have admitted there were things they should have done
better to ensure the validity of search warrants used to
search the homes of two Dunedin ACC claimants.
Alex Knewstubb, of Port Chalmers, defends the ACC
Dunedin ACC campaigner Dr Denise Powell is urging the
country's medical system and ACC to improve their handling of
traumatic brain injuries after a major report warned they
were at "epidemic levels".
ACC must change its approach to a controversial blanket
consent form, given criticisms in a recent report and from a
district court judge, Dunedin lawyer Peter Sara says.
ACC staff are on the receiving end of a growing number of
threats to the organisation, with one client saying his case
manager "was lucky he didn't shoot her".
Recent reports on a major privacy breach at ACC will help
overcome problems with a controversial claimant consent form
and restore fair play, Dunedin ACC campaigner Dr Denise
The level of permanent disability among the injured,
including those not admitted to hospital for their injury,
has surprised University of Otago researchers.
Three of four doctors in the spotlight this week for
performing high numbers of assessments for ACC are based in
Only a tiny minority of former long-term ACC clients have
gained full-time work after being removed from the scheme, a
national survey indicates.
The new ACC board has been welcomed by BusinessNZ, with chief
executive Phil O'Reilly hoping the debate will restart about
competition for the corporation.
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