| New Zealand News | Thursday June 14 2012 5:26
Former ACC Minister Nick Smith's broken his silence on ACC complainant Bronwyn Pullar.
It was his representations on her behalf that led to him stepping down as minister earlier this year.
Dr Smith says opposition and media views on Ms Pullar have been contradictory.
He says two months ago people were saying she was a villain, now the case is being presented that she's a hero.
"And either of those things are true. Bronwyn is a sad case of a very capable person who's had an accident and actually well illustrates the dilemma for many New Zealanders involved in ACC as to what is the appropriate time of rehabilitation."
Meanwhile, the ACC Futures Coalition wants Judith Collins to set up a forum to look at the future of ACC.
It follows the resignation of chief executive Ralph Stewart and chairman John Judge.
Their resignations come after mounting pressure on the organisation over Ms Pullar's privacy scandal.
Spokeswoman Hazel Armstrong says there's been too much focus on the bottom line, and not enough on claimants.
"What the minister would do would be to convene a forum with treatment professionals, claimant groups and their lawyers to hear what claimants need from ACC."
Ms Armstrong says the coalition doesn't think Judith Collins should resign, as she inherited the situation from Mr Smith.
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