Re- posted from http://nzsocialjusticeblog2013.wordpress.com/
DESIGNATED DOCTORS – USED BY WORK AND INCOME, some also used by ACC: The truth about them
The National government of that time did plan to introduce “work capacity assessments”, but this was never implemented, as there was another change of government in 1999, thus putting a stop on National’s welfare plans, which were aimed at restricting welfare access, placing much stronger individual responsibilities on persons on benefits, and enforcing more obligations for them to seek and stay in work, or do training.
‘Understanding the Growth in Invalid’s Benefit Receipt in New Zealand’
Information obtained under the O.I.A. discloses that almost all designated doctors are nowadays simply common GPs (general practitioners). There was in early 2011 NO psychologist available as a designated doctor, while the Social Security Act does in old sections 44 and 54B (3) and (4) (now ss 40C and 88E (4) and (5)) provide for a “choice” (with good reasons) between a medical practitioner (a specialist doctor, registrar, psychiatrist or GP) and a PSYCHOLOGIST (to presumably examine mental health or psychological conditions and disabilities).
● in both a patient requested a specific “service”
from you – and these have clinical or health
consequences/outcomes – both positive and
● did you react the same way to each? – the
drug seeker and the benefit seeker?
● and why?“
with significant adverse effects to both the
patient and their family (whānau) – not
dissimilar to smoking
• and NZ GPs write 350,000 scripts for it every