Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Health
I propose to take Questions Nos. 539 to 542, inclusive, together.
The Chief Medical Officer of my Department has commissioned an independent research report into the practice of symphysiotomy in Ireland. The aim of the report will be to provide an accurate picture of the extent of use of symphysiotomy in Ireland, and an examination of the Irish practice relative to other countries. It will include an assessment of the circumstances in which the procedure was carried out, what protocols or guidance existed at the time to guide professional practice, and details of when the practice changed and why.
It is my intention that the academic researcher will carry out this work on an objective and independent basis. Following receipt of this report, which is due to be received in September 2011, my Department will further engage with patient representative groups. I will then quickly decide on the next steps required to address this situation.