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# Symphysiotomy

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Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard
“It also suggests that if we want survivors to be treated properly, we need to hold the state to the highest possible standards in the Oireachtas.”
European Court of Human Rights declares complaints by Irish symphysiotomy victims as inadmissible
The three women from Dublin, Cork and Meath had sought damages from the State.
Symphysiotomy group calls for claims in redress report to be withdrawn
Last week 399 women who had the procedure were awarded up to €150,000 in compensation – but almost a third of applicants to the scheme were rejected.
5 women due compensation for 'barbaric and cruel' childbirth procedure died before receiving it
“The sons and daughters of these women feel that their mothers’ suffering never received any acknowledgment or recognition.”
State apology: 399 women given up to €150,000 each for symphysiotomy procedures
However Marie O’Connor, spokesperson for a symphysiotomy group, described the grants as “an official whitewash”.
Why are the medical records of the symphysiotomy victims being destroyed?
Women who submitted their own medical records did so in the belief that they would be returned. So what’s gone wrong, asks Dr Vicky Conway.
Irish women brutally injured during childbirth given another three weeks to claim records
The move comes after symphysiotomy survivors objected to an online notice warning them that unclaimed medical records would be destroyed.
Women whose pelvises were broken during childbirth could see their medical records being shredded
Symphysiotomy survivors are urging the state’s redress scheme not to go ahead with plans to destroy unclaimed medical documents.
'Devastating': 74-year-old woman loses symphysiotomy case
Campaigners for survivors of the procedure say this is “symptomatic of the ongoing absence of effective remedies” for other women in her situation.
"I am a symphysiotomy survivor. I am glad it's all over"
A symphysiotomy case settled in the High Court for undisclosed fee
'If mammy coughed or sneezed or took a fit of laughing she would wet herself'
The case currently being heard in the High Court is the first of its kind against a hospital.
'I could no longer dance': Survivor of symphysiotomy takes case against hospital
The woman is taking a case against the Coombe Hospital, which denies all charges.
Many symphysiotomy survivors still don't know what happened to them
There has been some difficulty in those who underwent the procedure accessing their medical records.
At least 257 symphysiotomy survivors apply for redress scheme
The scheme has been criticised by some advocates for symphysiotomy survivors.
Women "butchered" by symphysiotomy reject Government scheme
The terms the Government is offering are flawed and “oppressive” according to survivors.
Survivors of symphysiotomy call for scheme's expiry date to be lifted
Women have 20 days to sign up the redress scheme.
'I was just 27 and I was butchered': Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words
The government has announced a redress scheme today. Here are the victims’ stories.
Symphysiotomy compensation scheme announced - but how many survivors will apply?
That’s according to a survivors group SOS, which describes its time limits as “draconian”.
"Time of the essence" in symphysiotomy redress as three survivors die
The three deaths have occurred since the scheme was announced in July.
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
Everyone’s talking about the Oscar Pistorius verdict, staff at University Hospital Galway being disciplined and Leo Varadkar responding to criticism from the Taoiseach.
Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report
The UN human rights committee said Ireland should identify, prosecute and punish those responsible for the procedures without patient consent.
Fitzgerald says UN report will be examined but Ireland has its own constitutional position
The Minister for Justice said that the Government would continue to help and support victims of symphysiotomy.
UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy
The human rights committee also said that those who carried out the procedures without consent should be prosecuted, where possible.
Opinion: A woman pregnant by rape is treated as 'a vessel and nothing more' by Irish law
The UN criticised Ireland’s abortion laws and lambasted the State for failing “to assign any accountability” to issues like Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and symphysiotomy.
UN told symphysiotomy patients were 'operated upon wide awake and often screaming'
The Justice Minister defended the State redress scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.
Woman in intensive care bringing case against hospital over 'unwarranted' symphysiotomy
Noreen Burns, 83, was subjected to a symphysiotomy after her child was born by Caesarean Section in 1959.
Survivors of Symphysiotomy reject €34 million redress scheme
There are currently up to 300 survivors alive today.
Facebook friends, prostitutes, and Garth Brooks: The week in numbers
Plus: How many Irish students say they’re not having sex?
Symphysiotomy couple want to find their child's burial place
There will be no closure with money – only with finding out where their child’s remains are.
€34 million redress scheme for Irish women whose pelvises were broken during childbirth
The Government has said that the payments will be ex-gratia – in other words, no blame admitted.
'Another non-consensual mass medical experiment': Calls for investigation into symphysiotomy
The procedure, that left many woman with lifelong disabilities, was carried out in Ireland until the late 1980s.
Symphysiotomy survivors are being assessed for medical card reviews
A survivors group is accusing the Government of “hollowness”.
Here's What Happened Today: Sunday
Everyone’s been talking about Ian Bailey, John Joe Nevin, and MH370…
Minister has been given the latest symphysiotomy report following judge's review
There are now two reports about the issue on James Reilly’s desk – but neither has been published.
Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations
The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Column: Attempts to silence survivors of symphysiotomy must be fought
Reliance on ex gratia redress schemes should be read against a backdrop of Government reluctance to allow these victims – and others like them – to speak on their own terms about the recent past, writes Máiréad Enright.
Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?
Magdalene survivors, symphysiotomy campaigns and UNCAT criticism of abortion guidelines…this is the year that was.
'Flood of cases' by symphysiotomy survivors expected in courts next year
The government’s u-turn on the lifting of the statute of limitations for one year, to facilitate legal action for the women, has been described as “appalling”.