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ACC staff rewarded for cutting off clients - MP

Thursday 21 Jun 2012 1:49 p.m.

ACC Minister Judith Collins and Green MP Kevin Hague

ACC Minister Judith Collins and Green MP Kevin Hague

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By NZN / 3 News online staff

ACC Minister Judith Collins has confirmed that ACC staff are paid to get people off compensation, says Green Party MP Kevin Hague.

Mr Hague made the claim earlier today, saying he had documents that show staff working with people receiving long-term claim payments have specific targets to achieve.

"Those same workers' remuneration is tied to achieving these targets," he said on Thursday.

"It's completely unacceptable that one of the performance mechanisms for ACC staff is how many claimants are cut off from receiving entitlements."

Mr Hague later tweeted that Ms Collins had confirmed that staff are "financially incentivised to 'exit' long term injured people from compensation".

Ms Collins told Parliament that it made up only 15 percent of a case manager's performance measurement. She also said it was a "good thing" that case managers were incentivised to get clients back into work.

Mr Hague says staff who fail to meet their targets can have their pay cut.

"Incentivising the withdrawal of financial support for claimants will inevitably lead to this occurring before it is clinically appropriate in some cases," he said.

"This sort of scheme is symptomatic of a sick culture within ACC."

Mr Hague got the documents under the Official Information Act.

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