Symphysiotomy Redress Scheme Agreed

A redress scheme for women who underwent symphysiotomy has been agreed by the government, who have established a fund of €34m for compensation.

Symphysiotomy is a surgical procedure to break the pelvis during childbirth, which was performed on around 1,500 women in Ireland from the 1920s up until 1984. It is understood that around 250 woman who underwent the procedure are still alive today.

The compensation will be paid on a ex-gratia basis, without an admission of liability from the state.

Groups campaigning against the use of the procedure claimed that those who underwent it suffered both physical and mental health issues, including chronic pain, incontinence and difficulty walking.


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