Tuesday November 13, 2018
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 05:30

ACC should cover sickness and disability, says Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Sir Geoffrey Palmer says ACC has not achieved "social justice". Sir Geoffrey Palmer says ACC has not achieved "social justice".

The Accident Compensation Corporation should cover people incapacitated by sickness and disability – and not just accidents – former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC says.

In a speech to Victoria University in Wellington, Palmer said drawing a line between injuries and other medical issues could be difficult and unfair.

A "single unified system" would end unjust discrimination, he said.

Someone "laid low by cancer, a heart attack or stroke" is treated much less generously than someone suffering an accidental injury that results in the same incapacity, Palmer said.

ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway did not rule out Palmer's proposal, but warned it would represent a fundamental change to ACC's purpose and would require "considerable public debate".


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