The Employment Court has considered whether evidence from the DHB's Occupational Health doctor was admissible in the context of employment proceedings brought against the DHB. In finding that the evidence was admissible, the Court noted that the Occupational Health doctor's role was as an impartial adviser to the DHB and that there was no traditional doctor-patient relationship with the defendant. The Court also considered the DHB's intention to rely on expert evidence from a trained psychologist who did not hold a practising certificate. The Court found that while the currency of the psychologist's experience may be the subject of criticism, it did not necessarily disqualify him from providing expert evidence. Auckland District Health Board v Bierre  NZEmpC 108
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Evidence of Occupational Health doctor admissible in employment proceedings
- Buddle Findlay
- New Zealand
- October 18 2011
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