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Should ACC offer staff incentives for reducing long-term claimants?

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Digital image / P.K. Stowers
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Cabinet minister Judith Collins has admitted that ACC staff get higher pay for kicking long-term claimants off the corporation's books but defends the strategy as "a good thing" because it gets the clients back to work.

The financial incentives are just one of a number of tactics - including handpicking medical assessors - that ACC has adopted to improve its bottom line, Green Party MP Kevin Hague alleges.

ACC documents obtained by Mr Hague yesterday showed case managers' pay was bumped up when they exceeded management targets, including reducing the number of long-term claimants being paid weekly compensation.

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