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

Insuring our future

I hate insurance.  Always have.  Seems like the biggest rort in the history of the Universe.  I give you money, and you give some of it back to me if some pre-agreed bad thing happens.  And if I do claim, you charge me more. It is a necessary evil, but it bugs me.  I think Read more

Blow your own whistle

There has been a flurry of commentators and even the Minister for the ACC Judith Collins lining up to blame Bronwyn Pullar for her her actions, and suggest that she has not behaved responsibly. Whistleblowers usually have to go through hell and back.  We even have laws in this country to protect them.  And don’t Read more

Where there’s smoke…

When all this ACC carry on about Sensitive Claims kicked off in 2009, and I started this blog, I had no idea that three years later I’d still be banging on about the problems and difficulties claimants and professionals encounter. I’ve become one of those people who have become embattled with ACC, albeit for a Read more

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