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Morgan - Minister's agreement to meet victims of Symphysiotomy a welcome first step

25 July, 2003

Following immense pressure from Sinn Féin TDs Arthur Morgan and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, the Minister for Health and Children Mr. Mícheal Martin has finally set a date for a meeting with Survivors of Symphysiotomy.

In a letter to the Sinn Féin deputies the Minister set 1st October as the meeting date in the Dáil.

Deputy Morgan said:

"While I am delighted with the announcement, I caution that a proper inquiry must now be established to investigate each case where this barbaric procedure was carried out and why it continued to be used in this State when it had long ceased in other countries.

"I urge the Minister to listen to the harrowing personal stories which these women will outline to him about how their lives have been destroyed by symphysiotomies which were carried out on them without their consent.

"Hopefully this meeting will enable the Minister to understand the importance of a comprehensive enquiry. These women who have suffered so much deserve answers and must not be fogged off by the Minister or his Department. The meeting between the Minister and the victims is only a first step. I look forward to the announcement of an inquiry in line with what the victims are calling for." ENDS

For further information please contact Olivia at Survivors of Symphysiotomy Tel: 042 93 72 934

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