Survivors of Symphysiotomy reject offer of inquiry

Survivors of Symphysiotomy have rejected the Government-ordered inquiry into the practice, which was carried out in Irish maternity hospitals up to the 1980s.

The procedure - used to permanently widen the pelvis by sawing it in two - was performed on almost 1,500 women during childbirth.

Last night, the Minister for Health Mary Harney confirmed she has asked the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to carry out an investigation into its use.

However, the survivors group says the Institute has repeatedly defended syphysiotomy, and will not deliver real accountability.

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