Today’s NZ Herald brings this tragic story. The minister of ACC, Nick Smith, and ACC have been warned by counsellors and support services for over 6 months now that the new clinical pathway will cost lives. Sadly, it was not an empty warning!
“A review of new rules for sexual abuse counselling has come too late to save a South Auckland mother who died four days after her claim for ACC-funded counselling was rejected.
Counselling Services Centre manager Emma Castle said the mother-of-three’s claim for counselling for sexual abuse she had suffered as a child was rejected by ACC two months ago on the grounds that she had not suffered “a significant mental injury”.