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Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme announced

Former High Court Judge Maureen Harding Clark has been appointed as an independent assessor to oversee the implementation of the ex-gratia payment scheme.

The scheme will also include payments for the small number of women who have had a pubiotomy. Judge Clark’s role will be to determine the appropriate level of award for each individual case. Participants may receive awards at three levels: €50,000, €100,000 and €150,000.

The commencement date for making applications was 10 November. Applications must be made within 20 working days of 10 November. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 5 December 2014 at 5 pm.

In exceptional circumstances, Judge Harding Clark has discretion to extend the time for receipt of applications by an additional 20 working days to Wednesday 14 January 2015.

Applications should be posted to: The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, PO Box 12487, Dublin 1. 

Registered post is advised. Applications must be original and in writing. Email applications will not be accepted. No application received after 5 pm on Friday 14 January 2015 will be accepted or considered.

Application forms can be obtained through the following methods:

  • Call the Office of the Assessor for the Scheme at 01 677 8553, or 01 677 8554, or 01 677 8555, 
  • Write to the assessor at The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, PO Box 12487, Dublin 1;
  • Download from the assessor’s website:, or
  • Collect from the Reception Desk, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Dublin 2.

Women may opt out of the scheme at any stage if they wish to pursue an action through the courts instead, up to the time of accepting their award. No one will have to waive their right to proceed with a court cases as a pre-condition of applying to the scheme. If they wish, women may obtain legal or professional advice, including financial support, to help in preparing to submit an application to the payment scheme, but this is not necessary.