The national membership group for survivors of symphysiotomy has finally been invited to Hawkins House.
Survivors of Symphysiotomy, the group founded in 2002, has been invited to meet the Minister for Health tomorrow at 11.00 at the Department of Health.
“This is the first time we have been asked to meet Minister Reilly”, said Marie O’Connor, Chairperson of SoS. “SoS has been battling for truth and justice for eleven years and this is only the third ever invitation we have received to meet a Minister for Health.”
“Survivors of Symphtsiotomy represents the overwhelming majority of survivors of the operation in Ireland and this will be reflected in the strength of the delegation we are sending to meet Minister Reilly. There will be nine survivors and family members from Cork, Clare, Meath, Monaghan, Wicklow and Dublin on the team.”
“The National Executive of Survivors of Symphysiotomy has been given the strongest possible mandate by members to enter constructive negotiations with government members on their behalf, we will be setting out a very clear and fair position to the Minister and his team, and we look forward toward positive and constructive discussions so that survivors may finally be able to move forward on this important issue.”
Survivors of Symphysiotomy is a wholly independent campaign group made up of survivors and their families. As well as providing a support network for survivors of symphysiotomy operations, the group provides support and assistance on many of the complex issues that many elderly women may encounter. Wholly self financed, SoS does not receive any funding from any government body or health service agency.
“Our membership is currently at an all time high”, Marie O’Connor added. “Only this week two more survivors have come forward and gotten in touch through our Facebook page. Our new website www.symphysiotomyireland.com is proving to be a very valuable resource for the survivors and their families, particularly if they are new to the issue and require more information about the complications they may have suffered during childbirth.”