for those interested in the issue around ACC funded counselling for sensitive claims (ie victims of sexual abuse), ACC is blaming staff pressures for the increase in the number of claims still waiting for a decision on funding:
...there were 420 sexual abuse claim decisions pending in August - up from a consistent average of less than 72 a month earlier this year.
...rising claim numbers have created added pressure and ‘as staff numbers are calculated on the previous year’s claims, this has put ACC staff under stress…In today’s financially constrained environment, it isn’t possible to simply recruit more staff. Our approach is to streamline the service…
there was also an item on tvnz news tonight about the more stringent requirements to access the counselling, which i blogged about here.
it's appalling that access to crucial health services is being restricted by deliberate government policy.