Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (602)

Gerald Nash

Question:

602. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a date for the publication of the Walsh report into the practice of symphysiotomy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12537/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has commissioned an independent research report in relation to the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland. The Research included a consultation process involving patient groups, health professionals and in particular the women who have experienced symphysiotomy. The researcher is currently finalising the report based on the consultation and it is also planned to have a peer review process. It is hoped that the report will be published early in 2013.

My first priority is to ensure that the women who have had this procedure have their health needs comprehensively and professionally met. In this regard, the HSE provides a range of services to women who continue to suffer the effects of having had this procedure. These services include the provision of medical cards, the availability of independent clinical advice and the organisation of individual pathways of care and the arrangement of appropriate follow-up.