Sunday 23 July 2017

Drogheda hospital patients got most payouts

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda Photo: Collins
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda Photo: Collins
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The highest number of women who received payouts for complications arising out of a symphysiotomy were patients of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Some 143 of the 399 women who received compensation had the controversial childbirth procedure at the Co Louth hospital, and 43 suffered a significant disability.

The next highest group had the procedures in the National Maternity Hospital. It was found 68 had a symphysiotomy in Holles Street, and 25 suffered significant disability.

Awards of €50,000, €100,000 and €150,000 were granted to a majority of the women who applied.

Other hospitals involved in the payouts were the Coombe, Rotunda, St Finbarr's, Cork, Erinville in Cork, St Kevin's Hospital, Dublin, St Columcille's Hospital, Dublin, Galway General and Portiuncula.

Other claims came from hospitals in Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Westmeath and Waterford.

Some of the women were 96 years old and the majority were over 75.

One woman died before she was told her claim was accepted.

Some 15 women received €150,000, 168 were given €100,000 and 216 were granted €50,000.

Complications included incontinence, back pain, fear of further pregnancy, urinary tract infections, grossly abnormal joints, psychosexual and psychological difficulties.

Irish Independent

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