Old wounds opened by 'mistaken' verdict
How so many women mistakenly believed they had symphysiotomies deserves an answer
Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30
Last week the retired judge Maureen Harding Clark delivered her long-awaited verdict on the hundreds of older women said to have suffered a lifetime of chronic pain, incontinence and discomfort because of a "cruel and dangerous" procedure performed on them in largely Catholic hospitals of another era.
The procedure was symphysiotomy - cutting the fibres joining the pubic bones to give a baby more room to come through.
Her report debunked some myths. Far from being barbaric, she found it was often a necessary lifesaving procedure.