Back to work

Freud was famously quoted (or possibly mis-quoted, translating from German to English can be a bit tricky) as saying his definition of good mental health, or “normal neurosis” was to “Live, love and work.” It seems John Key’s definition is much simpler: Work. Both our Prime Minister and the current Minister for the ACC have Read More >

ACC "cold blooded" to victims

This post appeared as an article in the Sunday Star Times on Sunday the 17th of June, 2012: click here for the original   A survey around sensitive claims and the treatment of sexual abuse victims has raised more questions about the Accident Compensation Corporation. It comes as a senior manager's comments are being interpreted Read More >

Low hanging fruit

"Sensitive claims sent to branch offices - ACC Hundreds of sensitive ACC claims - those related to rape and other sexual abuse - have been transferred out of the corporation's Sensitive Claims Unit to case managers in regional branch offices, the corporation has said. Claimant advocacy groups are shocked by the move they say was Read More >

When a secret is no longer a secret…

Recently I had an ACC claim.  I strained some knee ligaments.  Old injury, no problem, specialist appointment courtesy of the ACC, and after some appropriate exercise and a follow up appointment, all fixed. If the file of that treatment got stolen, sent to someone in an email or otherwise treated carelessly, I would be angry.  Read More >

System failure

I was always taught not to raise the topics of politics, sex or money unless you wanted to start an argument.  Todays policy announcement about free long term contraceptives for beneficiaries from National raises all three. But why are people so concerned?  John Key seems keen to reassure us it is all optional: “Mr Key Read More >

Legal row over ACC blogger

This article appeared on the Stuff website on Sunday the 15th, 2012.   A senior medical officer in ACC's sensitive claims unit has made legal threats to a blogger who posted information about his employment history, in the wake of a mass privacy breach. Peter Dodwell, the branch medical advisor of the unit that deals Read More >

ACC adviser’s shaky past

This article appeared in the New Zealand Herald on Sunday the 15th of April, 2012   The medical adviser for the ACC sensitive claims unit left two previous jobs amid controversy. Dr Peter Dodwell resigned as principal medical officer for the Civil Aviation Authority after a report found an unacceptably high error rate in decisions Read More >

For those of you who were kind enough to participate in the survey posted here in a previous blog, I thought you might be interested in seeing the results. Click this link to download a PDF copy of the summarised results: Online survey results for public release I think they speak for themselves Read More >

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