“…The proportion of long-term ACC clients moving on to benefits has surged since the corporation adopted a tough new stance -
- which has fuelled allegations that they are being forced off compensation before they are rehabilitated.
Figures supplied by the corporation yesterday also show it has slashed the number of long-term claimants on its books by a quarter since mid-2009.
Concerns about the corporation’s tough approach to long-term claims adopted three years ago were stoked this week when Green MP Kevin Hague produced official documents showing ACC managers’ pay was linked to the number of long-term claimants they were able to remove from the corporation’s books.
Mr Hague also raised concerns, which first emerged during a series of Herald articles, that the corporation was using “handpicked” medical specialists to provide opinions supporting its decisions to deny claimants benefits…”
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