Just five birth op victims get top payout
Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30
Only five women who had the potentially disabling birth procedure known as symphysiotomy have received the top compensation payout of €150,000 so far.
The State scheme was set up to provide redress to an estimated 350 women who were left with disabilities after the procedure which involved the widening of the pelvis.
It later emerged that 576 women had been accepted to apply for awards at three levels - €50,000, €100,000 and €150,000.
Judge Maureen Harding Clark had made 206 offers by May 22. One offer was rejected.
Some 194 offers were accepted, with 118 assessed at €50,000, 71 at €100,000 and five at €150,000. Another 11 offers were awaiting a response.
A large number of applications have been made without medical records or evidence of symphysiotomy and this information is being sought by Judge Clark in order to progress them.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar told Deputy Clare Daly in a parliamentary reply that the Government believes that the provision of the ex-gratia scheme, together with the ongoing provision of support services by the HSE, including medical cards, represents a fair and appropriate response to this issue.
Where a delay arose in the compilation of a woman's supporting documentation due to difficulty in obtaining medical records, applications were accepted by the scheme, he added.
The scheme is voluntary and women may opt out at any stage of the process.