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Sinn Fein TDs accompany Survivors of Symphysiotomy to Ministerial Meeting

30 September, 2003


Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan who has been to the forefront of the campaign on behalf of Survivors of Symphysiotomy and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Children will form part of a delegation which is due to meet Minister for Health and Children Mícheál Martin tomorrow, October 1st 2003. The delegation which comprises of the two Sinn Féin T.D.s and representatives of Survivors of Symphysiotomy (S.O.S.) will ask the Minister to establish a sworn public inquiry into the carrying out of symphysiotomy in hospitals in this State from the 1950's to the 1980's.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Deputy Morgan said

"Hopefully this meeting will enable the Minister to understand the importance of a sworn public inquiry. These women who have suffered so much deserve answers and must not be fobbed off by the Minister or his Department. Minister Martin must address the complete inadequacy of the report on the use of symphysiotomy from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who appear to have no

accurate information on how many symphysiotomies were carried out in this State in the period concerned let alone information regarding individual hospitals. Significantly, the Institute have been unable to provide any information on the number of procedures which have resulted in life long painful health implications as a result of procedure. This meeting is only a first step. I look forward to the announcement of an inquiry in line with what the victims are calling for."ENDS

Arthur Morgan TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and representatives of S.O.S. will be available to speak to the media in advance of the meeting at 2.15pm at the gates of Leinster House.

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