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Morgan welcomes Health Ministers commitment to meet Survivors of Symphysiotomy and calls for inquiry

24 June, 2003

eputy Morgan said:

"The Minister has been advised that this practice ended around the 1960s. I assure him that it continued into the 1980s. This is where an investigation is needed. If the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists thought that this practice finished in the 1960s, who then is responsible for the brutality that carried over into the 1970s and even as late as 1983, when I understand three operations were carried out in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, and others at The Coombe Women's Hospital? As for the assertion that the results of these operations were very good, there are grounds for inquiry there too. If the Minister were to meet representatives of the group, he would know that the results were not very good." ENDS

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