The following article and story were submitted by an ex-police officer who attempted suicide, in the context of the recently aired documentary “Police officer’s suicide call ‘I’ll be gone before they arrive” by Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.
Police suicide and workers compensation – remembering Ashley Bryant
Submitted by ‘HeadNoises”
On Sunday 16 November 2014 in NSW, Channel 7’s ‘Sunday Night’ program showed a documentary in relation to the police suicide of Ashley
He was suffering from PTSD and killed himself from what seems to be as a result of the poor the treatment he was receiving at the time from the workers compensation insurer. He was such a nice bloke. Such a huge loss. His death should not be in vain….
And what about the many police/ex-police who have attempted suicide?
I fall into that category. If it wasn’t for a mate who called the police and their quick response, I may very well have been dead right now.
I just hope that attempt suicide statistics are also gathered as they are part of this greatly important inquiry that seems to be developing
in light of the program. There would be a huge amount. And this would correlate closely to the number of police/ex-police hospitalised into
psychiatric wards – many repeatedly for suicidal attempts as well as for feeling suicidal (without an attempt) and seeking help, plus those
riddled with depressions, anxiety and PTSD symptoms that have got so bad that hospitalisation is the outcome. I believe hospitalisation
statistics also should be added to the information provided to an inquiry.
The Forgotten 300 I know have been campaigning as well for the atrocious treatment of injured workers by the insurer MetLife.
Ashley’s suicide surely means that a royal commission or very thorough inquiry and investigation needs to be made throughout the whole Workers Compensation system, the allegations of illegal fraudulent reporting by IMEs (Independent Medical Examiners), the potential criminal conduct of insurance agents, the lack of adherence to OH&S by Police and their relationship with insurers, the carte blanche surveillance approaches, the whole legal process and the defence basing evidence off biased doctors, what levels of integrity were used to decide to use these doctors and what is their history and relationship to insurance companies and police defence teams in court.
What are the levels of bias within the IME system with the appeals being overseen by other IMEs known to each other in the WCC? We need
to look at all IMEs and what they are being paid and what they are being used for as well as IMEs in the past who have been favourable
towards a claimants claim being struck off their books. My first IME was sacked after he made a mistake as to the type of interview he was
supposed to be carrying out. i.e. an administrative oversight – but EML sacked him. Not given another chance. And instead I went to a
hired gun IME.
Investigations into IMEs need to be deployed in an intrusive thorough and secretive manner. There needs to be the use of the ICAC and an independent investigative authority with no conflict of interests.
This needs to span deep within the whole system.
Witnesses are needed who can roll-over and provide incriminating evidence. People need to be charged, convicted, gaoled, sued, have their practicing licenses taken off them. They need to be named and shamed.
As has been shown on 60 Minutes New Zealand – there are witnesses within the insurance system for starters who have mentioned using these highly paid IMEs to ‘exit’ difficult and long term claimants. And they are now in Australia.
It makes me feel physically sick.
This is for all the honest hard working police and ex-police in NSW, but also for everyone else embroiled in this system who has been touched in any way by suicide and/or attempt suicides.
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Ashley Newton BRYANT (Australian Police)