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***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

To all applicants:
Thank you to everyone who let the Scheme know if you would like your documents returned to you or confidentially shredded.

When the Scheme has completed its work, it will return or confidentially shred the documentation you furnished to the Scheme strictly in accordance with your wishes.

Please note that the Scheme is closed from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday.
***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

The final deadline for submission of documentation and information in support of outstanding applications has passed.

The Scheme has commenced its assessment of all outstanding applications on the basis of the documentation and information furnished to the Scheme by the deadline.
***IMPORTANT NOTICE***
FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTATION AND INFORMATION:

31ST AUGUST 2015

The Assessor and the members of the team will be in recess for the month of August. The phone will be manned by an administrative assistant every morning during August and urgent applications will be received and communicated to the Assessor. All mail will be received and the contents scanned and filed. Awards will continue to be made.

PLEASE NOTE that ALL documentation and information in support of claims must be furnished by the 31st August 2015.

When the Scheme resumes in September, ALL outstanding applications will proceed to assessment on the basis of whatever documentation and information has been furnished to the Scheme by the 31st August 2015.

Applicants are urged to furnish all documentation and information they may wish to rely on to the Scheme by this final deadline.


***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

To all applicants who have not engaged with the Scheme and who have failed to provide necessary documentation and information in support of their applications

The Assessor will write to you in the coming days. She will impose a DEADLINE to revert to the Scheme and to furnish all outstanding documentation and information that you may wish to rely on to the Scheme.

PLEASE NOTE: Once the deadline has passed, your application will proceed to assessment on the basis of whatever documentation and information you have furnished by the deadline.

We urge you to revert to the Scheme as soon as possible and to furnish all outstanding documentation and information by the deadline imposed on you.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

To all applicants who have not furnished all documentation and information to support her application

ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
The Scheme is now imposing a deadline on all applicants who have not furnished complete documentation and have not been in contact with the Scheme for some time.

If you are such an applicant, you will receive a letter from the Scheme giving you a deadline by which you must furnish all supporting documentation and information to the Scheme that you wish the Scheme to consider when assessing your application. Some applicants have already received this letter.

You are advised to contact the Scheme if you are encountering any difficulties in obtaining the documentation.

If you have decided to withdraw your application, you might please advise the Scheme of this decision.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

To all applicants who have not furnished all documentation and information to support her application

ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
As stated in the Progress Reports Section, it may be necessary to notify all applicants where complete documentation has not yet been furnished that a deadline will be introduced as the Scheme does not have an unlimited life. There is some evidence of selective presentation of documentation.

While it is appreciated that some documentation is difficult to obtain, applicants must actively engage with the Scheme and explain any problems encountered.

THE SCHEME IS NOW CLOSED

- NO MORE APPLICATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED -
      Capacity to accept and receive an award:

      To all successful applicants: It might be a very good idea to discuss the concept of enduring power of attorney with your family and your solicitor. Please go to RELEVANT ISSUES for more information.

      If you are reading this on behalf of an applicant who you think may not have capacity, please write to us and let us know. Please give us the reason why you think the applicant does not have capacity.

      Applicants to the Scheme under 1B should be aware of the evidence required to establish disability as defined by the terms of the Scheme. This issue is addressed in RELEVANT ISSUES on this website which should be read carefully, together with the Terms of the Scheme.

      On 1 July 2014, Government approved the establishment of a Scheme to provide ex-gratia payments to women who underwent a surgical symphysiotomy in any hospital in the State between 1940 and 1990. It is estimated that there are around 350 women still living who will be eligible for an award under the Scheme. Government also agreed on 29 October, 2014 that a small number of women who underwent a pubiotomy in any hospital in the State between 1940 and 1990 and who are still alive will also be included in the Scheme.

      Judge Clark, who has been appointed Assessor for the Scheme, will implement the Scheme, on a confidential basis, on the Minister’s behalf.

      A “surgical symphysiotomy” means a procedure undertaken for obstetric purposes, involving the cutting of the pubic symphysis, which excludes the spontaneous separation of the pubic symphysis during childbirth.

      A “pubiotomy” means a procedure undertaken for obstetric purposes, which cuts through the pubic bone.

Older FAQs

      (5.12.14) The Scheme is now closed. What can I do if I believe that I had a relevant surgical symphysiotomy and have not been able to make an application within the time period set out in the Scheme?

      Unless you have a cogent reason for NOT applying within the time period of the Scheme, your application will NOT be considered.

      (4.12.14) The closing date is tomorrow, Friday 5th December. I think I may have missed the post today, what can I do?

      The Department of Health will accept hand delivered post or any deliveries by courier to the front desk, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Hawkins Street, Dublin 2 during the course of normal working hours. Please mark your envelope for the attention of Judge Clark, Assessor of The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme

      How do I make a claim?

      You can make a claim by submitting a completed application form which can be obtained from our website, by phoning the office or collection from the reception desk at the Department of Health.

      Please note application forms should reach the office no later than Friday 5th December 2014.

      I no longer live in Ireland, can I make a claim from abroad?

      Yes. You do not have to be living in Ireland to apply to the Scheme. If you are happy you satisfy the criteria for the Scheme, the application forms can be downloaded from the website. An application should be completed and submitted to the Scheme as usual, to include the relevant supporting records. Please take note of the application closing date of 5th December.

      What if I have a query about the application form?
      If you have any queries regarding the application form you can contact the staff in the office on 01 6778554 who will be able to help.

      What form should I fill in to apply for inclusion in the Payment Scheme?

      There is a number of different application forms depending on what experience you had. The Scheme sets out the different Forms and which operations they cover. All the forms are available to download from this website (see TERMS of SCHEME and APPLICATION FORMS on home page)

      Form 1A is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy only

      Form 1B is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy with significant disability

      Form 1C is appropriate for a claim for surgical symphysiotomy immediately after caesarean section

      Form 1D is appropriate for a claim for pubiotomy

      Form 1D is appropriate for a claim for pubiotomy with significant disability

      Please read the different options carefully and complete the Form most appropriate to your experience. If you require any assistance, please feel free to ring the office at 01 6778554 where we are happy to help.

      My mother suffers from dementia and can’t make an application herself, what can I do?

      Incapacity: Where an Applicant is unable to make an application to the Scheme herself, a person (either a solicitor or a designated family member) may make the application on her behalf, setting out why the applicant cannot complete the application herself, and furnish us with all information relating to the surgical symphysiotomy. Having assessed the application, if Judge Clark determines that an award should be made then appropriate measures to protect the Applicant and the sum of money due to her will be undertaken.

      I think I have had a Surgical Symphysiotomy but I don’t have my medical records yet?

      Absence of records: if you believe that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy but you do not yet have the relevant medical records, please submit an application within the timeframe set out in the Scheme anyway. The application should include a copy of the letter sent seeking such records now, set out the reason why you believe you underwent the operation during childbirth and why such records were not sought before now.

      I applied for my medical records but the Hospital is now closed down / doesn’t have them, what do I do?

      Absence of records: if you think that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy but cannot obtain your medical records for that birth, please submit an application within the timeframe set out in the Scheme anyway, enclosing extracts of relevant hospital registers and the relevant letters from the Hospital confirming the absence of records.

      Despite request, I don’t have my medical records but I have been sent an extract from a hospital register by the Hospital indicating that I had a surgical symphysiotomy, will that do?

      If the hospital has confirmed that it cannot locate your records but the relevant register(s) confirms that you underwent a surgical symphysiotomy within the timeframe set out in the Scheme then Judge Clark will accept this as evidence of the operation

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      THE SURGICAL SYMPHYSIOTOMY PAYMENT SCHEME INVITES APPLICATIONS FROM WOMEN WHO COME WITHIN THE TERMS OF THE SCHEME.

      On 1 July 2014, Government approved the establishment of a Scheme to provide ex-gratia payments to women who underwent a surgical symphysiotomy in any hospital in the State between 1940 and 1990. It is estimated that there are around 350 women still living who will be eligible for an award under the Scheme. Government also agreed on 29 October, 2014 that a small number of women who underwent a pubiotomy in any hospital in the State between 1940 and 1990 and who are still alive will also be included in the Scheme.The Minister for Health has now established the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme and Government has approved Judge Maureen Harding Clark as Assessor for the Scheme. Judge Clark will implement the Scheme, on a confidential basis, on the Minister’s behalf.Once an Applicant satisfies the terms of the Scheme she will receive an award.Details of the terms of the Scheme will be available from the addresses or website below.

      The Commencement Date for making applications to the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme is Monday, 10 November 2014. Applications must be made within 20 working days of the Commencement Date. The Closing Date for receipt of applications is therefore Friday 5 December 2014 (at 5 p.m.).

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

      Applications should be posted to the “The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme P.O. 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 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, 14 JANUARY 2015 WILL BE ACCEPTED OR CONSIDERED.

      The staff operating the Scheme will be happy to provide assistance and to answer telephone queries. The office hours of the Scheme will be Monday to Friday between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. except on bank holidays, commencing Monday, 10 November, 2014. Applicants may also wish to consult a Solicitor to assist and advise on making an application.

      From Monday 10 November at 10.00 a.m. the terms of the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, and application forms can be obtained in the following ways:
      (a) phoning the Office of the Assessor for the Scheme at (01) 6778553 or
      (01) 6778554 or (01) 6778555; or
      (b) writing to the Assessor at
      The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme,
      P.O. Box 12487, Dublin 1;
      (c) downloading from the Assessor’s website: http://www.payment-scheme.gov.ie; or
      (d) collection from the Reception Desk, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Dublin 2

      The terms of this advertisement do not form part of the Surgical Symphysiotomy
      Payment Scheme. In any conflict, the terms of the Scheme take precedence.
      The making of an application is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Scheme.




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