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Morgan - Meeting with Minister signals progress for symphysiotomy campaign

1 October, 2003

Speaking following the meeting between Survivors of Symphysiotomy and the Minister for Health and Children, Sinn Féin T.D. and campaigner on behalf of Survivors of Symphysiotomy Arthur Morgan welcomed the fact that some progress had been made at the meeting.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The meeting with between representatives of Survivors of Symphysiotomy (S.O.S.) and the Minister for Health and Children Mícheál Martin was a very good first step. The Minister came to table with a number of concessions immediately. Important among those was a commitment to the provision of corrective surgery whereby the survivors will be offered corrective surgery including the option to have this carried out abroad. He also made a commitment to provide the help line and counselling which victims were demanding. Significantly he has also offered medical care to be provided through the victims own GP's. And perhaps as a first step to a public inquiry, the Minister has undertaken to invite an independent obstetrician of international standing from outside of Ireland to review the cases and report back to the Minister.

"There are however a number of outstanding issues which must be resolved."

Deputy Morgan concluded by saying "I wish to thank the Minister for having agreed to meet with representatives of Survivors of Symphysiotomy following a request from Sinn Féin heath spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and myself." ENDS

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