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Only the survivors of symphysiotomy can decide on acceptability of redress terms – Ó Caoláin.

6 November, 2014 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the Government’s publication today of the detail of the Redress Scheme to survivors of the barbarous practices of symphysiotomy and pubiotomy, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has stated that while he is personally disappointed that the Scheme falls far short of what should be on offer, it is up to each individual women whether they will accept or reject what is on offer.

Deputy Ó Caoláin, convenor of an all-party support group of Deputies and Senators who have campaigned in support of the victims for over a decade said:

 “While I expect that a small number of the survivors will actually welcome the terms of the Redress Scheme now on offer, I would also anticipate that there will be women victims of symphysiotomy and pubiotomy who will sign up for the Scheme, though they themselves are bitterly disappointed at its terms. This will be attributable to their age and health circumstance and, in some cases, their need for closure.

“There will, I expect, be a number, as yet indeterminable, who will reject the Government’s pay-out scheme emphatically.

“Whatever decision each woman survivor takes, I record my support for them. It must be the women themselves who decide what is the most appropriate response, mindful of all the circumstances that apply in their respective lives.

“For those who choose to continue to battle and to face the HSE/the Department of Health and the Government through the courts, you will continue to have my wholehearted support.

“Whatever decision each of the women take I want to record that it has been an honour and a privilege to have worked so closely with so many of the survivors down through the years. It has been a personally rewarding experience for me and I expect for all who have given service on the All-Party Support Group for Victims of symphysiotomy over a number of Dáil terms.”

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