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SURVIVORS WANT [euro]450K; Symphysiotomy victims demand 'fair' deal.


SURVIVORS of symphysiotomy yesterday demanded the Government agree to compensation of up to [euro]450,000 per victim.

Women who suffered the horrific surgery said they have been ignored for far too long and the Coalition needed to offer them a "fair and just" settlement.

Symphysiotomy surgeries were carried out on women at childbirth.

Their pelvises was broken, often without their consent, and most women suffered long-term health problems as a result.

Chairwoman of Survivors Of Symphysiotomy Marie O'Connor said considering the health effects these women have suffered this package was right and proper.

She added: "Considering when these matters were taken to court, one lady got a [euro]600,000, another got [euro]325,000.

"We are proposing a package of between [euro]250,000 and [euro]450,000 depending on the severity of the injuries they suffered.

"These levels of restitution reflect our members' consciousness of the State's impecuniousness, and represent a significant haircut on recent awards made by the courts over the wrongful performance of symphysiotomy."

The Government has commissioned a report into the practice but it has no intention of releasing it this week, as expected.

Survivor Vera McCarla from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, said above all else, she and her son want justice.

She added: "He used to say to me, 'It's for the justice of it, mammy. Sure, who refuses money? But it's for the justice of it, it was the way you were treated all along."

The victims were told two months ago the law of limitations would be lifted to allow them to sue.

But they say not one thing has been done to draw up legislation to enforce this decision and they say they cannot wait any longer.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "The Department has received the Walsh Report. The report has been considered. "It will shortly make a recommendation to the Health Minister on foot of the report.

"It is expected that the minister will bring a recommendation to Cabinet in the next number of weeks."

It's for the justice of it - it was the way you were treated all along VERA MCCARLA has
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2013
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