Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (217)

Clare Daly

Question:

217. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if the Walsh report has been given to groups, group representatives or persons and if so, to whom it has been given, and the date of same. [32378/13]

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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 process comprised of two stages. The first stage was an independent draft academic research report, which was based on an analysis of published medical reports and research. The draft report contained information about how frequently symphysiotomy was carried out in Ireland and compared rates with other countries. The second stage in the research process was consultation on the draft report involving patient groups, health professionals and in particular the women who had undergone symphysiotomy. This second stage has just completed by the researcher, and following peer review, has been submitted to me for consideration. I intend to brief the Government on the report prior to its publication and I also intend to meet with representatives from the symphysiotomy support groups prior to the release of the report.