New ACC boss has big task ahead

ACC’s newly appointed chief executive, Scott Pickering, has his work cut out for him with a significant culture change required to restore the organisation’s credibility,  Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“Mr Pickering will need to make some drastic changes if he wants to restore the public’s confidence in ACC.

“The corporation has been much criticised for its attitudes to privacy, its cavalier handling of clients and its lack of transparency.

“Combine those factors with the Government’s plan to privatise the work account and you have a ship very much in need of a competent leader.

“The Government has been struggling with its privatisation plans. ACC Minister, Judith Collins, was due to take a detailed paper to Cabinet in January 2012, but more than a year later it still hasn't materialised.

"ACC has already proven to be a superior model for the delivery of accident compensation services.

“I would hope Scott Pickering's background in private insurance will not be used to pursue a privatisation agenda that the Government has struggled to implement,” said Sue Moroney.