Press release : James Reilly calls eleventh hour meeting with survivors of symphysiotomy

Survivors of the destructive operation of symphysiotomy are due to to meet Minister James Reilly this lunchtime. ‘Survivors of Symphysiotomy were given 18 hours’ notice of this meeting with the Minister’, said Marie O’Connor, Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS).

In a statement given this morning Marie O’Connor said that the meeting ‘Takes no account of the fact that we are the only membership group for survivors in Ireland, that we represent over 98 per cent of casualties of this abusive surgery, and that National Executive members, who come from all over Ireland, have health issues which will prevent them traveling to meet the minister at such short notice.’

‘Survivors of Symphysiotomy should be at the heart of whatever the government is planning.’ As a democratic and wholly independent body representing the needs of survivors and providing support to their families, SOS should be at the heart of plans for redress and consultation in moving forward toward justice for survivors.

As has been the case at every turn along the road, Survivors of Symphysiotomy have always sought to put in place a mechanism for consultation that is both positive and fair for all agencies involved, Marie O’Connor further added ‘We have no idea what proposals the Minister is bringing to Cabinet this morning. We hope today’s meeting is not a box-ticking exercise, despite the very short notice period we have been given for this meeting with Dr Reilly, we will do everything within our power to develop a constructive engagement with the Minister.’

Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) will hold a media briefing at 3.30 today at the gates of Leinster House.

ENDS

Press inquiries: Marie O’Connor Chairperson of Survivors of Symphysiotomy ++ 353 86 81 80 254

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