The political firestorm over ACC intensified yesterday when
the resignation of chief executive Ralph Stewart triggered an
urgent parliamentary debate over the changes needed at the
state-owned accident insurer.
If it surprises even some MPs that the Accident Compensation
Corporation runs a claims process for "important" people,
then it is just as well an inquiry by the Auditor-general
into how ACC manages conflicts of interest has been
Dunedin lawyer Peter Sara is urging ACC to "come clean" over
the details of its controversial "VIP claims" handling policy
but ACC says it will not comment until the Privacy
Commissioner completes an inquiry in three months.