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Kenny labels symphysiotomy report ‘a disgrace’

26 January, 2017 - by Martin Kenny TD


In Leister House today, Martin Kenny TD expressed his rejection of the report presented by the judicial assessor appointed to oversee the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, Judge Maureen Harding Clark.

Deputy Kenny said:

“I was sorry not to get speaking time in the Dáil on this important issue but was proud to be in the chamber to hear my party colleague, Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin who has been a consistent voice for justice for symphysiotomy survivors.

“I agree with Caoimhghín, this scheme and the report about it are ‘a national disgrace’. In my dealings with survivors in my own constituency, I have seen such suffering, both mental and physical, that only full compensation and acknowledgement of the barbarity done to them is sufficient.

“This report displays deference to the consultants’ representative body which sought to defend the reputation of its members before the wellbeing of their patients.

“Judge Clark did not even hear the testimony of some of the women and, despite recognising that 142 of them had ‘significant disability’, still claimed that the majority had made a ‘good recovery’.

“I feel that this is insulting to the women survivors of this savagery who have had to live with the consequences in their daily lives ever since. I agree with Deputy Ó Caoláin; it was a national disgrace that this happened at all and it is another disgrace to treat victims like this and give them paltry compensation.” 

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