7 May 2011

ACC doctor drops court action against abuse victim

6:58 am on 7 May 2011

A senior clinician for the Accident Compensation Corporation has dropped legal action for defamation against a sexual abuse victim.

Dr Peter Jansen had been suing the ACC claimant - known as Jax - for $250,000 over personal comments she made about him on a blog site.

An ACC investigation has found that Dr Jansen never accessed any personal information held by it regarding the woman. Peter Jansen says now an allegation of improper use of ACC information has been shown to be wrong, he's withdrawing legal action.

He says while he would prefer the woman to withdraw the statements on her blog and apologise, as a clinician he appreciates her recovery must take precedence.

The woman says Dr Jansen never had a case and she won't be apologising nor removing the comments.

ACC Minister Nick Smith says he welcomes the fact that the matter has been resolved.