Saturday 23 September 2017

Older patients win battle for justice in Neary scandal

Michael Neary: struck off
Michael Neary: struck off
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

WOMEN whose reproductive organs were needlessly removed by struck-off medic Michael Neary have finally got justice, campaigners said.

Health Minister James Reilly said approximately 35 women who had been excluded from the Lourdes Hospital redress scheme on age grounds alone would now be compensated.

Payments to those who were 40 or over when operated on will range from €60,000 to €100,000, depending on the number of children each woman had.

"The consequences these women suffered as a result of being patients of Dr Neary were appalling and insult was added to injury by their exclusion from the redress scheme," Dr Reilly said.

Neary was stuck off the medical register in 2003.

A state inquiry later revealed he performed 129 hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, between 1974 and 1998. The files of another 44 patients were intentionally and unlawfully removed from the hospital to protect those involved.

About 200 women have been compensated under a redress scheme set up by the State in 2007, which has cost €20.6m to date.

Sheila O'Connor, of support group Patient Focus, said the women had finally got justice. "We are very please that this has finally come to a conclusion," she said. "It's been a long haul."

Irish Independent

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