Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Patients to bear the brunt of Acc shambles

2000 web site

The New Zealand Medical Association has got it dead right - the Government's privatisation of workplace accident insurance is a shambles, Labour ACC spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today.

"GP's have been caught up in Murray McCully's ill-thought out plans and in the end patients will pay the price.

"The Medical Association is echoing the concerns Labour has been voicing for months.

"From the first of July, doctors treating someone with a work-related injury will have to spend 10 to 15 minutes filling out a complicated form. Inevitably, patients will pay for that extra time.

"The system is designed to suit the needs of the insurance company, not the doctor or patient. It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that some doctors are threatening not to provide work accident treatment.

"Mr McCully's response is typical. The Government's $26 per patient GP subsidy is under review, as it hasn't been raised since 1992. The Minister has warned there will be no increase, if doctors don't absorb the cost of the ACC changes.

"Murray McCully should stop being a bully. It is his drive to privatise which is the root of the problem. Right-wing ideology has got in the way of common sense.

"The next Labour Government will remove private insurance companies from providing workplace accident insurance, and will remove the red tape that is about to entangle doctors and their patients," Ruth Dyson said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news