Monday 5 December 2016

Patching up the wrongs of 'systematic assault' on hundreds of women

Published 26/11/2016 | 02:30

One Irish hospital continued the invasive and brutal treatment until the 1990s (Stock photo)
One Irish hospital continued the invasive and brutal treatment until the 1990s (Stock photo)

Irish maternity issues, past and present, have been to the fore this week - none of them covered in glory.

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First, there was the publication of the symphysiotomy report and the compensation of €34m for the 'barbaric' treatment of 399 women.

Then the National Maternity Hospital managed to agree a compromise with St Vincent's Hospital, so that it could move to the Dublin 4 site, and avoid clashing with the Sisters of Mercy. Governance procedures have been agreed whereby a new 'National Maternity Hospital' company will be established with clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, as well as financial and budgetary independence.

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