A long-awaited Government report into “barbaric” operations on thousands of pregnant women between the 1940s and 1984 will recommend at least €34m in State payouts to victims when it is published today.
Over 360 applications have been made to the Government’s symphysiotomy redress scheme, despite it being sharply criticised by national and international human rights bodies.
Proposals in the symphysiotomy redress scheme requiring victims accepting a payment to “indemnify and hold harmless” those responsible have been sharply criticised.
Symphysiotomy survivors have urged the Government to lift the scheme’s "punitive" 20-day time limit to join up.
Victims of symphysiotomy to receive up to €150k compensation
Victims of a surgery inflicted on 1,500 women giving birth from the 1940s to 1980s have voted to reject a State compensation plan and instead take legal action as the Government deal does not admit "wrongdoing".
The Government’s offer to establish a mediation process overseen by a judge to determine what women who underwent symphysiotomies want has received a mixed response from those representing the victims.
The author of an ongoing report into symphysiotomy has said it is “very disappointing” that a group representing survivors of the procedure has opted not to take part in a consultation process.
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