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Saturday 25 March 2017

Disgraced Neary still insists he did no wrong

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Disgraced obstetrician Michael Neary (left), who was struck off the medical register for wrongly removing the wombs of patients, insisted last night they were all necessary.

The former Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda doctor said the women were awarded compensation by the State to "get rid" of them and give them money.

Neary, who was confronted by a reporter from RTE's 'Prime Time' accused the media of "twisting around" so many "untruths" despite the findings of a state tribunal and his own disciplinary body, the Irish Medical Council, which found him guilty of misconduct.

The revelations came as Health Minister Mary Harney asked the body representing obstetricians to carry out an inquiry into the practice of another controversial obstetric procedure, symphysiotomy, between the 1960s and 1980s.

Women who underwent this procedure to widen the pelvis during childbirth described it as barbaric and many have been left with lifelong health problems as a result.

They have called for an independent inquiry chaired by an obstetrician who is unbiased and will give a fair report.

Ms Harney now wants the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to implement an inquiry but has not said if their own Irish members, or doctors from abroad, will be involved.

Irish Independent

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