Getting Your Records Back from the Scheme


You may have seen the controversy over the plan to destroy medical records held by the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme. The Assessor has announced that all records will be shredded unless they are claimed.

The scheme holds a huge collection of valuable material. These are records of human rights abuses that
​will be needed for future inquiries into symphysiotomy, complaints to authorities and possible legal action.

The new deadline imposed by the Assessor, Maureen Harding Clark, is this coming Sunday, 20 March.
​We are asking everyone who applied to the scheme to please send in the below free form letter as soon as possible. Even if you have already asked for your records to be returned, this letter protects you legally, gives you access to all records held on you, not just the ones you submitted, and helps protect records other than yours from being destroyed.

We strongly recommend sending this letter by email: time is of the essence.
​ ​Please include your PPSN number or the scheme’s reference number if you have it to hand.

NB Please keep a copy of your signed letter
​. We are asking members to forward it to us as soon as possible by email at or by post to Survivors of Symphysiotomy, 42 Rathdown Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. Ditto if you get a reply from the Assessor. This will to enable us to do any follow up that is needed.


Ms Maureen Harding-Clark
Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme
P.O. Box 12487
Dublin 1


Sections 4 and 6A of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

Dear Ms Harding Clark

I applied to the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme [PPSN/reference number XXXX].

Subject Access Request

I wish to make an access request under section 4 of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 for a copy of any information you keep about me on computer or in manual form. This includes information that I have provided to the Payment Scheme, information which the Payment Scheme obtained from third parties and information which the Payment Scheme generated.

The information must be provided as soon as may be but no later than 40 days after the date of this request. I require the return of my personal data by registered post.

Objection to processing likely to cause damage or distress

This letter is also to formally serve notice on you under section 6A of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 of my request that you do not destroy any of my personal data for the specified reason that such destruction is likely to cause unwarranted damage or distress.

I require this information to vindicate my rights and to seek further legal remedies for the harms which I suffered as a patient of the Irish health system. Such vindication of my rights and attendant remedies would be prejudiced if you destroyed my personal data.

Please note that you must respond to the notice under 6A as soon as practicable but no later than 20 days after receipt of this notice.

I look forward to your reply

Yours sincerely


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