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Current Progress
Judge Clark has now completed all assessments and will in due course be writing her report for the Minister.
At the conclusion of that process all documents will be dealt with strictly in accordance with Applicants’ wishes.

Progress Report as at 21st March 2016
The Scheme has completed the assessment of all but 4 of the 578 applications that were accepted into the Scheme. Of that figure, 400 offers have been made to those women who were alive when the assessment was made. 386 offers have been accepted and only 1 offer has been rejected. Responses are awaited in 12 offers that have recently been made. 170 applicants have been found to be ineligible including the applications of 65 women who withdrew the applications themselves.

Specialist medical reports are awaited in the remaining 4 applications for assessment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Documentation furnished to the Scheme:
The Scheme is increasingly aware of the dissemination of misinformation regarding the treatment of documents when the work of the Scheme is complete.

The documents received by the Scheme from each applicant comprise:
    1. The Application form
    2. Birth certificate of applicant – where an original birth certificate is furnished, a copy is taken of this certificate and the original certificate returned at the time an offer is made, if not before.
    3. Photocopies of hospital records – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original hospital records
    4. Photocopies of G.P. practice records – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original GP records
    5. Photocopies of medical reports – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original medical reports furnished by applicants
    6. Personal statements (furnished by certain applicants)
    7. CDs and x-rays of radiology not available on the National Integrated Medical Imaging System – these CDs are retained in the Scheme for return upon completion of the Scheme.

Each applicant has received a personal letter and has been asked to let the Assessor know whether she would like the return of her application form and supporting documents or she would like to have those documents confidentially shredded. Of the responses received (approximately 360), approximately 70% would like the return of those documents and 30% would like those documents confidentially shredded.

It has never been asserted that documents would be shredded after the 20th March 2016. Applicants have been asked to notify the Scheme by the 20th March indicating whether they wished their documents to be returned or confidentially shredded.

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

Legal Costs:
It has been brought to our attention that one firm of Solicitors who has provided assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved for payment under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.

In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

The terms of the Scheme provide that:

      Legal representation and other costs

      13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

      14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

      15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
        i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
          ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
          iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

        16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
        award is made under this Scheme.

        17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

    To all applicants who have been made an award:
    The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

    To all applicants who have been made an offer:
    When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

    Our offices will be closed from Good Friday to Easter Tuesday.

    Progress Report as at 4th March 2016
    578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. 1 late applicant who was informed she would be accepted if she established she had undergone a qualifying procedure was found after all avenues had been explored not to have undergone symphysiotomy and she was therefore informed that her application was not accepted.
    389 offers have been made including an offer made to 1 applicant who died prior to accepting the offer.
    380 offers have been accepted.
    2 offers have been rejected and of these, one applicant has expressed a desire to change her mind. The other applicant was offered the maximum claimed but she prefers to continue with her High Court proceedings.
    6 offers are awaiting response.
    365 awards have been made.
    159 cases have been found ineligible in total including 65 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
    4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
    26 applications remain to be assessed.

    Summary:
    Of the 380 offers accepted by applicants:
      · 207 were assessed at €50,000;
      · 160 were assessed at €100,000;
      · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

    Assessment:
    There are at least 3 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability. Some outstanding claims have caused very considerable difficulties in establishing whether the procedure was carried out at all. Ongoing enquires are being conducted.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Documentation furnished to the Scheme:
    The Scheme is increasingly aware of the dissemination of misinformation regarding the treatment of documents when the work of the Scheme is complete.

    The documents received by the Scheme from each applicant comprise:
      1. The Application form
      2. Birth certificate of applicant – where an original birth certificate is furnished, a copy is taken of this certificate and the original certificate returned at the time an offer is made, if not before.
      3. Photocopies of hospital records – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original hospital records
      4. Photocopies of G.P. practice records – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original GP records
      5. Photocopies of medical reports – the Scheme does not hold and never has held original medical reports furnished by applicants
      6. Personal statements (furnished by certain applicants)
      7. CDs and x-rays of radiology not available on the National Integrated Medical Imaging System – these CDs are retained in the Scheme for return upon completion of the Scheme.

    Each applicant has been written to personally and asked to let us know whether she would like the return of her application form and supporting documents or she would like to have those documents confidentially shredded. Of the responses received so far (approximately 150), approximately 60% would like the return of those documents and 40% would like those documents confidentially shredded.

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

    Legal Costs:
    It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
    In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

    The terms of the Scheme provide that:

        Legal representation and other costs

        13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

        14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

        15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
          i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
            ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
            iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

          16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
          award is made under this Scheme.

          17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

      To all applicants who have been made an award:
      The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

      To all applicants who have been made an offer:
      When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

      To all applicants whose application has been determined:
      The Scheme is now approaching the end of its work. If you would like the return of your application form and supporting documents, please let us know and they shall be returned to you.

      If you wish to have the documents shredded, we would be equally happy to do that too.

      You will have received a simple form in the post for you to tick and return to us informing of your preference. You can also print off that form by clicking here. Options Letter

      We would be grateful if you would let us know before the 20th March 2016.

      Please note the Scheme is currently in the process of returning the very few original birth and baptism certificates to all applicants.

      Progress Report as at 26th February 2016
      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
      383 offers have been made including an offer made to 1 applicant who died prior to accepting the offer.
      375 offers have been accepted.
      2 offers have been rejected. One of these applicants has expressed a desire to change her mind. One further applicant was offered the maximum claimed but prefers to continue with her High Court proceedings.
      5 offers are awaiting response.
      362 awards have been made.
      158 cases have been found ineligible in total including 65 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
      33 applications remain to be assessed.

      Summary:
      Of the 375 offers accepted by applicants:
        · 205 were assessed at €50,000;
        · 157 were assessed at €100,000;
        · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

      Assessment:
      There are at least 3 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability. Some outstanding claims have caused very considerable difficulties in establishing whether the procedure was carried out at all. Ongoing enquires are being conducted.

      Legal Costs:
      It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
      In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

      The terms of the Scheme provide that:

          Legal representation and other costs

          13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

          14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

          15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
            i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
              ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
              iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

            16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
            award is made under this Scheme.

            17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

        To all applicants who have been made an award:
        The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

        To all applicants who have been made an offer:
        When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

        To all applicants whose application has been determined:
        The Scheme is now approaching the end of its work. If you would like the return of your application form and supporting documents, please let us know and they shall be returned to you.

        If you wish to have the documents shredded, we would be equally happy to do that too.
        You will receive a simple form in the post for you to tick and return to us informing of your preference. You can also print off that form by clicking here.-> Options Letter

        We would be grateful if you would let us know before the 20th March 2016.

        Please note the Scheme is currently in the process of returning the very few original birth and baptism certificates to all applicants.

        Progress Report as at 19th February 2016
        578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
        382 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
        369 offers have been accepted.
        11 offers are awaiting response.
        358 awards have been made.
        158 cases have been found ineligible in total including 65 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
        4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
        34 applications remain to be assessed.

        Summary:
        Of the 369 offers accepted by applicants:
          · 200 were assessed at €50,000;
          · 156 were assessed at €100,000;
          · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

        Assessment:
        There are at least 3 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability. Some outstanding claims have caused very considerable difficulties in establishing whether the procedure was carried out at all. Ongoing enquires are being conducted.

        Legal Costs:
        It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
        In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

        The terms of the Scheme provide that:

            Legal representation and other costs

            13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

            14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

            15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
              i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

              16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
              award is made under this Scheme.

              17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

          Delays in furnishing radiology:
          The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

          To all applicants who have been made an award:
          The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

          To all applicants who have been made an offer:
          When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

          To all applicants whose application has been determined:
          The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

          If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

          All applicants who have received assistance from solicitors can be assured that their solicitor will have the originals of all documents sent to the Scheme.

          Progress Report as at 12th February 2016
          578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
          375 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
          368 offers have been accepted.
          5 offers are awaiting response.
          356 awards have been made.
          156 cases have been found ineligible in total including 66 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
          4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
          43 applications remain to be assessed.

          Summary:
          Of the 368 offers accepted by applicants:
            · 200 were assessed at €50,000;
            · 155 were assessed at €100,000;
            · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

          Assessment:
          There are at least 5 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability. Some outstanding claims have caused very considerable difficulties in establishing whether the procedure was carried out at all. Ongoing enquires are being conducted.

          Legal Costs:
          It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
          In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

          The terms of the Scheme provide that:

              Legal representation and other costs

              13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

              14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

              15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                  ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                  iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                award is made under this Scheme.

                17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

            Delays in furnishing radiology:
            The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

            To all applicants who have been made an award:
            The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

            To all applicants who have been made an offer:
            When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

            To all applicants whose application has been determined:
            The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

            If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

            All applicants who have received assistance from solicitors can be assured that their solicitor will have the originals of all documents sent to the Scheme.

            Progress Report as at 5th February 2016
            578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
            374 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
            366 offers have been accepted.
            6 offers are awaiting response.
            354 awards have been made.
            151 cases have been found ineligible in total including 65 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
            4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
            49 applications remain to be assessed.

            Summary:
            Of the 366 offers accepted by applicants:
              · 199 were assessed at €50,000;
              · 154 were assessed at €100,000;
              · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

            Assessment:
            The Scheme continues its second round assessments. Difficult as it is to believe, there are at least 10 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability.

            Legal Costs:
            It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
            In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

            The terms of the Scheme provide that:

                Legal representation and other costs

                13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

                14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

                15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                  i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                    ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                    iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                  16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                  award is made under this Scheme.

                  17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

              Delays in furnishing radiology:
              The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

              To all applicants who have been made an award:
              The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

              To all applicants who have been made an offer:
              When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

              To all applicants whose application has been determined:
              The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

              If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded and will proceed to shred them when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

              Progress Report as at 29th January 2016
              578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
              373 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
              360 offers have been accepted.
              11 offers are awaiting response.
              352 awards have been made.
              146 cases have been found ineligible in total including 65 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
              4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
              55 applications remain to be assessed.

              Summary:
              Of the 360 offers accepted by applicants:
                · 197 were assessed at €50,000;
                · 150 were assessed at €100,000;
                · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

              Assessment:
              The Scheme continues its second round assessments. Difficult as it is to believe, there are at least 10 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed. In another series of claims, we are awaiting radiology evidence of significant disability.

              Legal Costs:
              It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
              In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

              The terms of the Scheme provide that:

                  Legal representation and other costs

                  13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

                  14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

                  15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                    i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                      ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                      iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                    16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                    award is made under this Scheme.

                    17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

                Delays in furnishing radiology:
                The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

                To all applicants who have been made an award:
                The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                To all applicants who have been made an offer:
                When an offer is made, the Scheme lays out the procedure to be followed where an applicant wishes to accept. Long delays are incurred when solicitors who are assisting applicants do not follow the terms of the letter. The Scheme requires the original of the applicant’s latest bank or credit union account showing the name on the account, the address, the account number, the IBAN number and BIC number. All other information can be redacted.

                To all applicants whose application has been determined:
                The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

                If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded and will proceed to shred them when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

                Progress Report as at 22nd January 2016
                578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                370 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                357 offers have been accepted.
                11 offers are awaiting response.
                347 awards have been made.
                144 cases have been found ineligible in total including 64 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                60 applications remain to be assessed.

                Summary:
                Of the 357 offers accepted by applicants:
                  · 195 were assessed at €50,000;
                  · 149 were assessed at €100,000;
                  · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

                Assessment:
                The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier. Difficult as it is to believe, there are at least 10 applicants who have still provided no evidence of any kind of symphysiotomy beyond an assertion that the procedure was performed.

                Legal Costs:
                It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
                In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

                The terms of the Scheme provide that:

                    Legal representation and other costs

                    13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

                    14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

                    15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                      i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                        ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                        iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                      16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                      award is made under this Scheme.

                      17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

                  Delays in furnishing radiology:
                  The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

                  To all applicants who have been made an award:
                  The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                  To all applicants whose application has been determined:
                  The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

                  If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded and will proceed to shred them when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

                  Progress Report as at 15th January 2016
                  578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                  364 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                  354 offers have been accepted.
                  8 offers are awaiting response.
                  341 awards have been made.
                  140 cases have been found ineligible in total including 64 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                  4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                  70 applications remain to be assessed.

                  Summary:
                  Of the 354 offers accepted by applicants:
                    · 193 were assessed at €50,000;
                    · 148 were assessed at €100,000;
                    · 13 were assessed at €150,000.

                  Assessment:
                  The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                  Legal Costs:
                  It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
                  In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

                  The terms of the Scheme provide that:

                      Legal representation and other costs

                      13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

                      14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

                      15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                        i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                          ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                          iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                        16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                        award is made under this Scheme.

                        17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

                    Delays in furnishing radiology:
                    The Scheme has encountered considerable delay/reluctance in the furnishing of radiology imaging referred to in reports furnished in support of claims. It would facilitate assessments if all imaging would be provided promptly when requested to ensure expedition in assessments.

                    To all applicants who have been made an award:
                    The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                    To all applicants whose application has been determined:
                    The Scheme will very soon be in its final stages of administration. If you wish the Scheme to return your application documents to you, please let the Scheme know before the 29th February 2016.

                    If we do not hear from you by this date, the Scheme will assume that you are happy to have your documents shredded and will proceed to shred them when the work of the Scheme is complete. Original birth certificates are being returned where assessments have been made.

                    Progress Report as at 22nd December 2015
                    578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                    356 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                    338 offers have been accepted.
                    16 offers are awaiting response.
                    330 awards have been made.
                    131 cases have been found ineligible in total including 63 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                    4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                    87 applications remain to be assessed.

                    Summary:
                    Of the 338 offers accepted by applicants:
                      · 184 were assessed at €50,000;
                      · 143 were assessed at €100,000;
                      · 11 were assessed at €150,000.

                    Assessment:
                    Judge Clark will not be conducting assessments during the Christmas period.

                    Absence of Progression:
                    More than 25 claims for redress have this week been identified as ones where no progress has been made beyond the initial claim. In most of those claims, the qualifying procedure has not been established; offers to assist have been ignored and in spite of several warning letters, no contact of any kind has been made to the Scheme. Letters declaring the claims ineligible are being sent to applicants.

                    Legal Costs:
                    It has been brought to our attention that some Solicitors’ firms who are providing assistance to applicants are charging their clients for any costs in their litigation which are not approved under the terms of the Scheme. Some applicants have informed that they have been asked to pay that difference out of their awards. This happens when proceedings in being are discontinued and where fees sought by counsel and medical personnel are not approved as reasonable by Judge Clark or where costs not covered by the Scheme were incurred.
                    In litigation, legal costs are a matter between the solicitor and client. The Scheme understands that where a solicitor has, in advance of initiating legal proceedings, advised a Client of costs likely to be incurred and kept a Client aware of particular fees which may not be recoverable in whole or in part as they individually arose, there is little the Scheme can assist with this. Applicants should be aware of their right to question any amount claimed by legal representatives and that they can refer the bill of costs to taxation.

                    The terms of the Scheme provide that:

                        Legal representation and other costs

                        13. As applications to the Assessor are not intended to be adversarial, it is not envisaged that the Applicant will require legal representation. Nevertheless, an Applicant may wish to consult with a Solicitor and take legal advice and assistance in applying for payment under the Scheme. Where legal advice or assistance is sought in relation to the making or presentation of an application to the Assessor, certain costs arising will be paid in accordance with the provisions in 14 – 16 below.

                        14. Where the Assessor determines that an Applicant is entitled to payment under this Scheme and she has sought legal assistance, then a sum up to but not exceeding €5,000 plus VAT may be paid (over and above the award) in respect of professional assistance and advice in connection with her application under the Scheme. This sum is intended to cover all costs and outlay incurred in the making of the application whether for legal fees, medical opinion or advice and any costs incurred in consulting Counsel concerning the application or the award.

                        15. In the event that the Applicant wishes to accept the assessed award but she has, before the 1 July 2014, already incurred legal costs and outlays in proceedings which either have already been discontinued or will be discontinued, then the Assessor will pay to the Applicant’s nominated Solicitor, in addition to any fee due for the application for payment under the Scheme:
                          i. Not more than €6,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence was delivered prior to 1 July 2014; or
                            ii. Not more than €3,000 plus VAT with respect to the Applicant’s legal fees (including Counsel’s fees) in respect of proceedings where a Defence has not been delivered prior to 1 July 2014.
                            iii. In each case, reasonable and properly vouched outlays arising in those proceedings prior to 1 July 2014 which is the date of the Government’s announcement of the intention to establish the Scheme.

                          16. No costs or outlays shall be paid unless a payment of an
                          award is made under this Scheme.

                          17. A determination of the Assessor is final and no appeal shall lie in respect thereof.

                      Delays in Notice of Discontinuance being furnished:
                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award:
                      The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      Progress Report as at 11th December 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      343 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      334 offers have been accepted.
                      7 offers are awaiting response.
                      324 awards have been made.
                      119 cases have been found ineligible in total including 62 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      112 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 334 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 182 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 141 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 11 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all applicants who have been made an offer: If you accept an offer and furnish all relevant documentation on or after the 11th December 2015, please be advised that you will not receive the award until the New Year.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      Significant numbers of cases are now being deemed ineligible as final radiology and gynaecological reports received indicate that no symphysiotomy was performed. There are still at least a dozen cases where to date no evidence of any kind confirming symphysiotomy has been provided and no response has been received to any letters offering assistance. It is anticipated that approximately 125 cases will be ones where no qualifying procedure will be established.

                      Progress Report as at 4th December 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      338 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      327 offers have been accepted.
                      9 offers are awaiting response.
                      315 awards have been made.
                      118 cases have been found ineligible in total including 62 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      118 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 327 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 179 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 138 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all applicants who have been made an offer: If you intend to accept the offer and you wish to receive the award before Christmas, please ensure the Scheme receives your note of acceptance and all relevant documentation before the 11th December 2015.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      Significant numbers of cases are now being deemed ineligible as final radiology and gynaecological reports received indicate that no symphysiotomy was performed. There are still at least a dozen cases where to date no evidence of any kind confirming symphysiotomy has been provided and no response has been received to any letters offering assistance. It is anticipated that approximately 125 cases will be ones where no qualifying procedure will be established.

                      Progress Report as at 27th November 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      335 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      327 offers have been accepted.
                      6 offers are awaiting response.
                      308 awards have been made.
                      115 cases have been found ineligible in total including 60 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      124 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 327 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 179 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 138 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all applicants who have been made an offer: If you intend to accept the offer and you wish to receive the award before Christmas, please ensure the Scheme receives your note of acceptance and all relevant documentation before the 11th December 2015.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      Significant numbers of cases are now being deemed ineligible as final radiology and gynaecological reports received indicate that no symphysiotomy was performed. There are still at least a dozen cases where to date no evidence of any kind confirming symphysiotomy has been provided and no response has been received to any letters offering assistance. It is anticipated that approximately 125 cases will be ones where no qualifying procedure will be established.

                      Progress Report as at 20th November 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      332 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      322 offers have been accepted.
                      8 offers are awaiting response.
                      302 awards have been made.
                      113 cases have been found ineligible in total including 60 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      129 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 322 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 175 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 137 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all applicants who have been made an offer: If you intend to accept the offer and you wish to receive the award before Christmas, please ensure the Scheme receives your note of acceptance and all relevant documentation before the 11th December 2015.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      Significant numbers of cases are now being deemed ineligible as final radiology and gynaecological reports received indicate that no symphysiotomy was performed. There are still at least a dozen cases where to date no evidence of any kind confirming symphysiotomy has been provided and no response has been received to any letters offering assistance. It is anticipated that approximately 125 cases will be ones where no qualifying procedure will be established.

                      Progress Report as at 13th November 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      330 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      313 offers have been accepted.
                      15 offers are awaiting response.
                      298 awards have been made.
                      110 cases have been found ineligible in total including 59 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      134 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 313 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 171 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 132 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all applicants who have been made an offer: If you intend to accept the offer and you wish to receive the award before Christmas, please ensure the Scheme receives your note of acceptance and all relevant documentation before the 11th December 2015.

                      To all applicants who have been made an award: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have rejected the electronic transfer of the award, possibly because of money laundering concerns. Therefore, it would be wise for you to notify your local bank that you will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      It is noted that long delays continue to occur between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one case, whilst the Notice of Discontinuance had been filed in October, it was not furnished to the Scheme until mid-November. This is unfair to Applicants. The Notice should be furnished as soon it is to hand so that the award may be processed as quickly as possible.

                      Progress Report as at 6th November 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      324 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      310 offers have been accepted.
                      12 offers are awaiting response.
                      297 awards have been made.
                      110 cases have been found ineligible in total including 59 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      140 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 310 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 171 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 129 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      To all successful applicants: The Scheme has been made aware of two instances where receiving banks have refused to receive the electronic payment of an award. It would be wise for applicants who are receiving awards to notify their local bank that they will be receiving an award from the Department of Health.

                      Progress Report as at 30th October 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      322 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      310 offers have been accepted.
                      10 offers are awaiting response.
                      295 awards have been made.
                      109 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants and their legal advisers.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      143 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 310 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 171 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 129 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      It is noted that long delays are occurring between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one recent case, the delay is approaching 7 months. This is unfair to Applicants. As soon as a Notice of Discontinuance of proceedings in being is served on the Scheme, the payment to the Applicant will be recommended even when agreement on fees due to an assisting Solicitor have not been finalised.

                      Applicants have complained that letters of offers are not forwarded to them. Judge Clark now sends a copy letter of assessment to all applicants.

                      Progress Report as at 23rd October 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      317 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      306 offers have been accepted.
                      9 offers are awaiting response.
                      292 awards have been made.
                      108 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      149 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 306 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 167 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 129 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      It is noted that long delays are occurring between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one recent case, the delay is approaching 7 months. This is unfair to Applicants. As soon as a Notice of Discontinuance of proceedings in being is served on the Scheme, the payment to the Applicant will be recommended even when agreement on fees due to an assisting Solicitor have not been finalised.

                      Applicants have complained that letters of offers are not forwarded to them. Judge Clark now sends a copy letter of assessment to all applicants.

                      Progress Report as at 16th October 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      311 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      298 offers have been accepted.
                      11 offers are awaiting response.
                      275 awards have been made.
                      108 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      155 applications remain to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 298 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 162 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 126 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 10 were assessed at €150,000.

                      It is noted that long delays are occurring between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one recent case, the delay is approaching 7 months. This is unfair to Applicants. As soon as a Notice of Discontinuance of proceedings in being is served on the Scheme, the payment to the Applicant will be recommended even when agreement on fees due to an assisting Solicitor have not been finalised.

                      Progress Report as at 9th October 2015
                      578 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. One additional case has recently been included as she applied during the period where Judge Clark may exercise her discretion. The applicant recently furnished documentation that warranted acceptance of the late application in the interests of justice.
                      306 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      295 offers have been accepted.
                      9 offers are awaiting response.
                      268 awards have been made.
                      107 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      161 applications are to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 295 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 162 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 124 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      It is noted that long delays are occurring between the acceptance of an offer and the actual payment of the award due to the Applicant because of failure to provide a Notice of Discontinuance in a timely manner. In one recent case, the delay is approaching 7 months. This is unfair to Applicants. As soon as a Notice of Discontinuance of proceedings in being is served on the Scheme, the payment to the Applicant will be recommended even when agreement on fees due to an assisting Solicitor have not been finalised.

                      Progress Report as at 2nd October 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      304 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      289 offers have been accepted.
                      13 offers are awaiting response.
                      264 awards have been made.
                      104 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      165 applications are to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 289 offers accepted by applicants:

                        · 162 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 118 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 25th September 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      299 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      285 offers have been accepted.
                      12 offers are awaiting response.
                      259 awards have been made.
                      103 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      171 applications are to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 285 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 161 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 115 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 18th September 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      290 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      279 offers have been accepted.
                      9 offers are awaiting response.
                      256 awards have been made.
                      102 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      181 applications are to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier. The Assessor was required to undergo unplanned eye procedures which impeded her ability to work.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 279 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 161 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 109 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 11th September 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      285 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her.
                      277 offers have been accepted.
                      6 offers are awaiting response.
                      254 awards have been made.
                      101 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.
                      187 applications are to be assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments and continues to prioritise the applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 277 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 160 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 108 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 4th September 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      280 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected and 1 who died prior to accepting the offer made to her. 3 offers were made since the Scheme resumed.
                      274 offers have been accepted.
                      4 offers are awaiting response.
                      247 awards have been made.
                      100 cases have been found ineligible in total including 58 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The deadline for furnishing all documentation and information that an applicant wishes to put before the Assessor has now passed. The vast majority of outstanding documentation has now been furnished.

                      Of the 193 cases remaining to be assessed, 23 applicants have not provided documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy.
                      13 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer of assistance.

                      21 further applicants have still not furnished the Scheme with documentation to support their claims of significant disability. These claims will proceed to assessment on the basis of the documentation furnished to the Scheme.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme has now resumed its second round assessments. The applications of those women who were born in 1930 or earlier continue to be prioritised.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 274 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 159 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 106 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 9 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 24th July 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      265 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      236 offers have been accepted.
                      28 offers are awaiting response.
                      216 awards have been made.
                      96 cases have been found ineligible in total including 54 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 212 cases remaining to be assessed, 34 applicants have still not provided documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy.
                      14 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 34 cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been reminded that examination by the gynaecologist who assists the Scheme for presence of a symphysiotomy scar is available at no cost to the applicant and that unless either documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, the application will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof by any means. In many cases the applicants have received stamped addressed envelopes directed to the Assessor for the Scheme where all the applicant has to do is tick boxes indicating the status of the application. Even still, no response has been received.

                      42 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claims of significant disability. In each of these cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary/ cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made. Little cooperation is being received.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant and/or her Solicitor is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments, prioritising applicants who were born in 1929 and earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 236 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 140 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 89 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 7 were assessed at €150,000.

                      RECESS
                      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.

                      Progress Report as at 17th July 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      248 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      233 offers have been accepted.
                      14 offers are awaiting response.
                      211 awards have been made.
                      94 cases have been found ineligible in total including 54 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 231 cases remaining to be assessed, 35 applicants have still not provided documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy.
                      14 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 35 cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been reminded that examination by the gynaecologist who assists the Scheme for presence of a symphysiotomy scar is available at no cost to the applicant and that unless either documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, the application will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof by any means. In many cases the applicants have received stamped addressed envelopes directed to the Assessor for the Scheme where all the applicant has to do is tick boxes indicating the status of the application.

                      44 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claims of significant disability. In each of these cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary/ cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant and/or her Solicitor is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round assessments, prioritising applicants who were born in 1930 and earlier.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 233 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 139 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 87 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 7 were assessed at €150,000.

                      RECESS
                      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.
                      Applications from those women who were born in the years 1930 and earlier are currently being prioritised.

                      Progress Report as at 10th July 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      242 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      228 offers have been accepted.
                      13 offers are awaiting response.
                      208 awards have been made.
                      94 cases have been found ineligible in total including 54 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 237 cases remaining to be assessed, 40 applicants have still not provided documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy.
                      14 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 40 cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been reminded that examination by the gynaecologist who assists the Scheme for presence of a symphysiotomy scar is available at no cost to the applicant and that unless either documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, the application will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof by any means.

                      46 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claims of significant disability. In each of these cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary/ cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant and/or her Solicitor is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round of assessment of applications including assessing applications with SPS numbers of between 325 and 375 applications. Of the applications assessed between these numbers, 14 were not ready for assessment. 5 were advised to arrange for radiological examination and/or to furnish the x-ray of the radiological examination. In the remaining applications, a deadline has been imposed to:
                        · revert to the Scheme with an update on the status of the application (5 applications),
                        · if significant disability is claimed to identify the condition which amounts to significant disability and furnish supporting documentation (2 cases),
                        · confirm all documentation has been furnished and/or ensure all documentation has been furnished to the Scheme (2 applications).

                      Furthermore, if the applicant does not revert within the deadline provided, the applicant has been warned that the application will be assessed on the documentation furnished to the Scheme. This means that where no evidence of symphysiotomy has been furnished, the application will be deemed ineligible.
                      Where no evidence of significant disability despite a number of reminders, has been furnished, the application will be assessed under Category 1A.

                      Elderly applicants are now waiting for more than seven months for awards to be made because of failure of representatives to provide essential documents.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 228 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 137 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 84 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 7 were assessed at €150,000.

                      RECESS
                      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.
                      Applications from those women who were born in the years 1930 and earlier are currently being prioritised.

                      Progress Report as at 3rd July 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. The last late application was accepted when an affidavit was filed explaining the six day delay in early June 2015.
                      235 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      222 offers have been accepted.
                      12 offers are awaiting response.
                      204 awards have been made.
                      91 cases have been found ineligible in total including 52 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 247 cases remaining to be assessed, 45 applicants have still not provided documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy.
                      14 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 45 cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, she will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof by alternative means.

                      53 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In each of these cases, the applicant and/or her Solicitor has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant and/or her Solicitor is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round of assessment of applications including assessing applications with SPS numbers of between 275 and 325 applications. Of the 19 application files reviewed last week only 2 were ready for assessment. In the remaining applications, a deadline has been imposed to:
                        · revert to the Scheme with an update on the status of the application (5 applications),
                        · provide the Scheme with evidence of the qualifying procedure (3 applications),
                        · if significant disability is claimed to identify the condition which amounts to significant disability (5 cases),
                        · if significant disability is confirmed to provide supporting objective medical evidence and by the 30th July, and
                        · confirm all documentation has been furnished and/or ensure all documentation has been furnished to the Scheme (3 applications).

                      Furthermore, if the applicant does not revert within the deadline provided, the applicant has been warned that the application will be assessed on the documentation furnished to the Scheme. This means that where no evidence of symphysiotomy has been furnished, the application will be deemed ineligible.
                      Where no evidence of significant disability has been furnished, the application will be assessed under Category 1A.

                      Elderly applicants are now waiting for more than seven months for awards to be made because of failure of representatives to provide essential documents.


                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 222 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 135 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 81 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 6 were assessed at €150,000.


                      Progress Report as at 26th June 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 19th June 2015.
                      232 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      217 offers have been accepted.
                      14 offers are awaiting response.
                      202 awards have been made.
                      89 cases have been found ineligible in total including 51 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 252 cases remaining to be assessed, 46 applicants have provided no documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy. 15 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 46 cases, the applicant has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, she will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof.

                      56 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In these cases, the applicant has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme continues its second round of assessment of applications with SPS numbers of between 225 and 275 applications.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 217 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 134 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 77 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 6 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 19th June 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 12th June 2015.
                      225 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      213 offers have been accepted.
                      11 offers are awaiting response.
                      197 awards have been made.
                      88 cases have been found ineligible in total including 50 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 260 cases remaining to be assessed, 51 applicants have provided no documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy. 15 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 51 cases, the applicant has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, she will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof.

                      56 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In these cases, the applicant has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme is presently undergoing its second round of assessment of applications with SPS numbers of between 160 and 270 applications.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 213 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 131 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 76 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 6 were assessed at €150,000.
                      Progress Report as at 12th June 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme including one applicant who applied 6 days after the closing date and recently furnished an affidavit outlining cogent reasons for not applying in time. Her application was accepted.
                      219 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      208 offers have been accepted.
                      10 offers are awaiting response.
                      192 awards have been made.
                      83 cases have been found ineligible in total including 47 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      Of the 271 cases remaining to be assessed, 56 applicants have provided no documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy. 19 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy nor have they availed of any offer to assist.

                      In all of these 56 cases, the applicant has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, she will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof.

                      59 further applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In these cases, the applicant has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme is presently undergoing its second round of assessment of applications of elderly/ill prioritised applicants and applications with SPS numbers of between 140 and 160 applications.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 208 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 128 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 74 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 6 were assessed at €150,000.



                      Progress Report as at 5th June 2015
                      577 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 22nd May 2015.
                      216 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      200 offers have been accepted.
                      15 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 200 applicants who accepted offers:

                        · 85 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 75 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 10 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 84 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 40 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (37 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 43 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (36 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (6 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 11 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (7 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 13 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 5 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 7 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (5 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy with significant disability.
                      185 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her. The remaining 15 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      81 cases have been found ineligible in total including 45 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In 25 of these cases an episiotomy was confused with symphysiotomy. In 9 cases the applicant had sustained a spontaneous symphysiotomy.
                        · Of these 81 cases:
                            · In 54 cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 15 cases, investigations (including gynaecological examination showing no symphysiotomy scar and radiological reports showing no evidence of diastasis or previous injury) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 4 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (2 cases);
                            · In 8 cases that were withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme is present undergoing its second round of assessment of SPS numbers between 1 and 140 applications this week.

                      Of the 276 cases remaining to be assessed, 56 applicants have provided no documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy. 19 of these applicants have not responded to any request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy. In all of these 56 cases, the applicant has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, she will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof.

                      97 applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In these cases, the applicant has been asked to identify such disability and to provide objective evidence in support within a specified time.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke, pulmonary cardiac problems, diabetes or thyrotoxicosis. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 200 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 122 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 73 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.
                      Progress Report as at 22nd May 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 15th May 2015.
                      206 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      194 offers have been accepted.
                      11 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 194 applicants who accepted offers:
                        · 84 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 74 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 10 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 80 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 37 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (34 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 42 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (36 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (5 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 11 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (7 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 12 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 5 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 6 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (4 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy with significant disability.
                      177 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her. The remaining 17 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      79 cases have been found ineligible in total including 44 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In 24 of these cases an episiotomy was confused with symphysiotomy. In 8 cases the applicant had sustained a spontaneous symphysiotomy.
                        · Of these 79 cases:
                            · In 52 cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 15 cases, investigations (including gynaecological examination showing no symphysiotomy scar and radiological reports showing no evidence of diastasis or previous injury) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 4 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (2 cases);
                            · In 8 cases that were withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      4 applicants died before their applications were assessed (an applicant previously in this category has been re-categorised as ineligible in light of recent communication from her solicitor to confirm that she was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme).

                      ASSESSMENT
                      The Scheme completed its first assessment of all applications this week.

                      Of the 287 cases remaining to be assessed, 61 applicants have provided no documentation to support their claim of symphysiotomy. 22 of these applicants have not responded to a request from the Scheme to furnish evidence of symphysiotomy. 106 applicants have yet to furnish the Scheme with documentation to support their claim of significant disability. In every case, the applicant has been reminded that unless documents establishing the symphysiotomy are furnished, or explanation provided for their non-availability, these applicants will be deemed ineligible for failure to provide proof.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke or dementia. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 194 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 118 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 71 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 15th May 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 8th May 2015.
                      195 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      191 offers have been accepted.
                      3 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 191 applicants who accepted offers:
                        · 83 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 73 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 10 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 78 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 36 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (33 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 41 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (35 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (5 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 11 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (7 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 12 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 5 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 6 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (4 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy with significant disability.
                      175 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her. The remaining 16 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      70 cases have been found ineligible in total including 37 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In 23 of these cases an episiotomy was confused with symphysiotomy. In 8 cases the applicant had sustained a spontaneous symphysiotomy.
                        · Of these 70 cases:
                            · In 49 cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 13 cases, investigations (including gynaecological examination showing no symphysiotomy scar and radiological reports showing no evidence of diastasis or previous injury) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 3 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (1 case);
                            · In 5 cases that were withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      5 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 530 and 550 are being assessed.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke or dementia. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 191 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 116 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 70 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 8th May 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 1st May 2015.
                      195 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      188 offers have been accepted.
                      6 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 188 applicants who accepted offers:
                        · 83 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 73 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 10 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 77 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 36 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (33 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 40 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (35 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (4 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 11 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (7 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 10 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 5 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 4 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (2 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy with significant disability.
                      168 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her. The remaining 20 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      66 cases have been found ineligible in total including 33 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In 23 of these cases an episiotomy was confused with symphysiotomy. In 8 cases the applicant had sustained a spontaneous symphysiotomy.
                        · Of these 66 cases:
                            · In 47 cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 12 cases, investigations (including gynaecological examination showing no symphysiotomy scar and radiological reports showing no evidence of diastasis or previous injury) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 3 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (1 case);
                            · In 4 cases that were withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      5 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 500 and 530 continue to be assessed.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke or dementia. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The Scheme continues to write to applicants who have not been in contact for some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 188 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 116 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 67 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 1st May 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 24th April 2015.
                      190 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      181 offers have been accepted.
                      8 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 181 applicants who accepted offers:
                        · 82 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 73 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 71 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 32 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (29 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 38 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (33 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (4 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 11 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (7 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 cases) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 10 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 5 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 4 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (2 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy with significant disability.
                      165 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her. The remaining 16 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation. 2 offers have been made and received where inadequate responses have been made such that the award cannot be processed.
                      62 cases have been found ineligible in total including 30 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In 22 of these cases an episiotomy was confused with symphysiotomy. In 8 cases the applicant had sustained a spontaneous symphysiotomy.
                        · Of these 62 cases:
                            · In 46 cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 12 cases, investigations (including gynaecological examination showing no symphysiotomy scar and radiological reports showing no evidence of diastasis or previous injury) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 3 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (1 case);
                            · In 1 case that was withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      5 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 500 and 530 are being assessed.

                      Supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme, sometimes in the form of medical records relating to recent hospital admissions relating to apparently unconnected medical conditions such as stroke or dementia. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify the significant disability being claimed and to indicate the relevance of records furnished. All applicants are asked to confirm that all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability is furnished before assessment is made.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      The Scheme has begun writing to applicants who have not been in contact with the Scheme in some time and who have provided incomplete documentation. In each of these cases, the Scheme is imposing a timeline for the submission of all further documentation. In some applications, the two assessment dates have been missed without advancement of the claim beyond the application form. The applicants are encouraged to engage with the Scheme and make us aware of any particular problems. Each applicant is asked to advise the Scheme on the status of her application.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 181 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 112 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 64 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.

                      Progress Report as at 24th April 2015

                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 17th April 2015.
                      188 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      172 offers have been accepted.
                      15 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 172 applicants who accepted offers:

                        · 81 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 72 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 66 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 29 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (26 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 36 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (31 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (4 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 10 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 8 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (6 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 3 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · All 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (2 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 8 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 4 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 3 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy with significant disability (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy and significant disability.
                      160 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her.
                      The remaining 12 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      59 cases have been found ineligible in total including 27 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                        · Of these 59 cases:
                            · In 45 of these cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 10 cases, investigations (including gynaecological and radiological reports) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 3 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (1 case);
                            · In 1 case that was withdrawn, the basis for establishing that no symphysiotomy had been performed was not disclosed.
                      5 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 460 and 500 are being assessed.

                      Some supporting documentation continues to be received by the Scheme. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify to significant disability being claimed and to confirm that they have provided all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      As stated in the previous progress report, 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 understands that a number of applicants have been unable to establish their belief that they had a symphysiotomy because their records are not readily obtainable. This is especially so in a small number of cases where the applicants were delivered in nursing homes or small hospitals which have long ago closed down. If this is the case, the applicant should inform Judge Clark and send on correspondence indicating efforts to obtain those birth records. In such cases, the members of the Scheme will assist the applicants to locate their records. Birth registers have been tracked down, Annual Clinical Reports of the Dublin maternity hospitals have been consulted and contact made with FOI officers in relevant institutions. In some cases the symphysiotomy has been established. If reasonable efforts to locate documentary evidence are not successful, then arrangements are made to have such applicants examined by a gynaecologist for the presence of a surgical symphysiotomy scar and by a radiologist to establish the extent of any pubis symphysis widening. There is always a method to establish symphysiotomy or pubiotomy.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 172 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 107 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 60 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.


                      Progress Report as at 17th April 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 10th April 2015.
                      175 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected.
                      168 offers have been accepted.
                      6 offers are awaiting response.
                      Of the 168 applicants who accepted offers:
                        · 80 applicants applied under Form 1A. Of these applicants:
                            · 71 were assessed at €50,000;
                            · 9 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (8 cases).
                        · 65 applicants applied under Form 1B. Of these applicants:
                            · 28 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and discontinued her claim of significant disability (25 cases) or
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and did not suffer significant disability (3 cases);
                            · 36 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (31 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (4 cases);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 10 applicants applied under Form 1C (without significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · 8 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (6 cases),
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 2 were assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form 1C (with significant disability). Of these applicants:
                            · both were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section but did not suffer significant disability (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case).
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P1. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was offered €100,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 2 applicants applied under Form P2. Of these applicants:
                            · 1 was assessed at €50,000 on the basis that the applicant had symphysiotomy;
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis that the applicant had pubiotomy and suffered significant disability.
                        · 7 applicants made multiple applications. Of these applicants:
                            · 4 were assessed at €50,000 on the basis of symphysiotomy;
                            · 2 were assessed at €100,000 on the basis that –
                                · applicant had symphysiotomy following caesarean section (1 case) or
                                · applicant had prophylactic symphysiotomy (1 case);
                            · 1 was assessed at €150,000 on the basis of pubiotomy and significant disability.
                      155 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her.
                      The remaining 13 accepted offers are being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      55 cases have been found ineligible in total including 25 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants.
                        · Of these 55 cases:
                            · In 42 of these cases, records established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 10 cases, investigations (including gynaecological and radiological reports) established that no surgical symphysiotomy had been performed;
                            · In 3 cases, the applications were ineligible as the application related to a claimed procedure after 1990 (2 cases) or the applicant was deceased prior to the commencement of the Scheme (1 case).
                      5 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 440 and 460 are being assessed.

                      Some supporting documentation has been received by the Scheme. The applicants in these cases are being asked to identify to significant disability being claimed and to confirm that they have provided all supporting documentation they wish to rely on in making a claim of significant disability.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      As stated in the previous progress report, 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 understands that a number of applicants have been unable to establish their belief that they had a symphysiotomy because their records are not readily obtainable. This is especially so in a small number of cases where the applicants were delivered in nursing homes or small hospitals which have long ago closed down. If this is the case, the applicant should inform Judge Clark and send on correspondence indicating efforts to obtain those birth records. In such cases, the members of the Scheme will assist the applicants to locate their records. Birth registers have been tracked down, Annual Clinical Reports of the Dublin maternity hospitals have been consulted and contact made with FOI officers in relevant institutions. In some cases the symphysiotomy has been established. If reasonable efforts to locate documentary evidence are not successful, then arrangements are made to have such applicants examined by a gynaecologist for the presence of a surgical symphysiotomy scar and by a radiologist to establish the extent of any pubis symphysis widening. There is always a method to establish symphysiotomy or pubiotomy.

                      SUMMARY
                      Of the 168 offers accepted by applicants:
                        · 105 were assessed at €50,000;
                        · 58 were assessed at €100,000;
                        · 5 were assessed at €150,000.
                      Progress Report as at 10th April 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 27th March 2015.
                      174 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected. Of the remaining 173 offers:
                        · 162 have been accepted;
                        · 11 are awaiting response.
                      149 awards have been made. 2 of these awards were made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her.
                      The remaining 13 accepted offers are either being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      55 cases have been found ineligible in total including 25 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      3 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 430 and 440 are being assessed.
                      Applications of other SPS numbers where documentation had not previously been furnished are also being assessed.
                      Going forward, applications will generally be assessed in numerical order only. All documentation received in support of an application will be placed on the applicant’s file and examined when the application comes up for assessment.

                      Overall, progress continues at a slow pace due to the large number of applications where supporting documentation to establish either symphysiotomy was performed or, if established, to prove significant disability attributable thereto have not been furnished or are only partially furnished and are therefore holding up the normal rate of assessments.
                      Similarly large bundles of medical records are being furnished which have little relevance to symphysiotomy and where the significant disability claimed is not identified.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      As stated in the previous progress report, 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 understands that a number of applicants have been unable to establish their belief that they had a symphysiotomy because their records are not readily obtainable. This is especially so in a small number of cases where the applicants were delivered in nursing homes or small hospitals which have long ago closed down. If this is the case, the applicant should inform Judge Clark and send on correspondence indicating efforts to obtain those birth records. In such cases, the members of the Scheme will assist the applicants to locate their records. Birth registers have been tracked down, Annual Clinical Reports of the Dublin maternity hospitals have been consulted and contact made with FOI officers in relevant institutions. In some cases the symphysiotomy has been established. If reasonable efforts to locate documentary evidence are not successful, then arrangements are made to have such applicants examined by a gynaecologist for the presence of a surgical symphysiotomy scar and by a radiologist to establish the extent of any pubis symphysis widening. There is always a method to establish symphysiotomy or pubiotomy.

                      Progress Report as at 3rd April 2015
                      There is no Progress Report as at 3rd April 2015 due to the Easter vacation.

                      Progress Report as at 27th March 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 20th March 2015.
                      167 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected. Of the remaining 166 offers:
                        · 156 have been accepted;
                        · 10 are awaiting response.
                      144 awards have been made. 1 of these awards was made to the estate of an applicant who died after accepting the offer made to her.
                      The remaining 12 accepted offers are either being processed or require further documentation before finalisation. 1 of these accepted offers was made by an applicant who has since died. The award will be made to her estate.
                      53 cases have been found ineligible in total including 23 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      2 applicants died before their applications were assessed.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 420 and 440 continue to be assessed.
                      Applications of lower SPS numbers where documentation had not previously been furnished are also being assessed.
                      Overall, progress continues at a slow pace due to the large number of applications where supporting documentation to establish either symphysiotomy was performed or, if established, to prove significant disability attributable thereto have not been furnished or are only partially furnished and are therefore holding up the normal rate of assessments.

                      Similarly large bundles of medical records are being furnished which have little relevance to symphysiotomy and where the significant disability claimed is not identified.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      As stated in the previous progress report, 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 understands that a number of applicants have been unable to establish their belief that they had a symphysiotomy because their records are not readily obtainable. This is especially so in a small number of cases where the applicants were delivered in nursing homes or small hospitals which have long ago closed down. If this is the case, the applicant should inform Judge Clark and send on correspondence indicating efforts to obtain those birth records. In such cases, the members of the Scheme will assist the applicants to locate their records. Birth registers have been tracked down, Annual Clinical Reports of the Dublin maternity hospitals have been consulted and contact made with FOI officers in relevant institutions. In some cases the symphysiotomy has been established. If reasonable efforts to locate documentary evidence are not successful, then arrangements are made to have such applicants examined by a gynaecologist for the presence of a surgical symphysiotomy scar and by a radiologist to establish the extent of any pubis symphysis widening. There is always a method to establish symphysiotomy or pubiotomy.

                      Progress Report as at 20th March 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 13th March 2015.
                      1 late application was rejected. In this case, the applicant had a spontaneous symphysiotomy in addition to being a late application.
                      The remaining 8 late applications were rejected unless special circumstances are established.
                      159 offers have been made including 1 offer that was rejected. Of the remaining 158 offers:
                        · 148 have been accepted;
                        · 10 are awaiting response.
                      138 awards have been made. The remaining 10 accepted offers are either being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      47 cases have been found ineligible in total including 20 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 420 and 440 are being assessed.
                      Applications of lower SPS numbers where documentation previously not furnished has now been furnished are also being assessed.
                      Overall, progress continues at a slow pace due to the large number of applications which remain unsupported by documentation to establish either symphysiotomy was performed or, if established, to prove significant disability attributable thereto.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      As stated in the previous progress report, it may be necessary to notify all applicants where fulsome documents have 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.

                      Progress Report as at 13th March 2015
                      576 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. This includes 1 additional application that has been accepted since the 6th March 2015.
                      9 late applications remain undetermined.
                      157 offers have been made including the 1 offer that was rejected. Of the remaining 156 offers:
                        · 145 have been accepted;
                        · 11 are awaiting response.
                      135 awards have been made. The remaining 10 accepted offers are either being processed or require further documentation before finalisation.
                      46 cases have been found ineligible in total including 20 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.

                      ASSESSMENT
                      Cases with an SPS number of between 400 and 420 are being assessed. Applications of lower SPS numbers where documentation previously not furnished has now been furnished are also being assessed.
                      Overall, progress continues at a slow pace due to the large number of applications which remain unsupported by documentation to establish either symphysiotomy was performed or, if established, to prove significant disability attributable thereto.

                      ADVANCING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENTS
                      It may be necessary to notify all applicants where fulsome documents have not yet been furnished that a deadline will be introduced as the Scheme does not have an unlimited life.
                      While it is appreciated that some documentation is difficult to obtain, applicants must actively engage with the Scheme.

                      Progress Report as at 6th March 2015
                      575 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. This includes 1 additional application that has been accepted since the 27th February 2015.
                      10 late applications remain undetermined.
                      153 offers have been made. Of these offers:
                        · 141 have been accepted;
                        · 1 has been rejected;
                        · 11 are awaiting response.
                      126 awards have been made. The remaining 15 accepted offers are either in the course of being processed or require further documentation to be furnished before they can be processed.
                      45 cases have been found ineligible in total including 19 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      Judge Clark completed assessing applications with an SPS number of between 350 and 400. A large number of these applications are unsupported by documentation to establish (i) the procedure was performed, and (ii) if established, to prove significant disability. Progress continues at a slower pace due to the absence of this documentation.
                      Judge Clark is considering the imposition of time limits for the furnishing of records.

                      Progress Report as at 27th February 2015
                      574 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional application has been accepted or rejected since the 20th February 2015.
                      11 late applications where Judge Clark has discretion to extend the time remain undecided and have not been received as reasons for the late application have not been provided or put on affidavit as requested.
                      148 offers have been made. Of these offers:
                        · 136 have been accepted;
                        · 12 are awaiting response.
                      123 awards have been made. The remaining 13 accepted offers are either in the course of being processed or require further documentation to be furnished before they can be processed.
                      39 cases have been found ineligible in total including 14 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. This number continues to rise. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy. Judge Clark continues to assess applications with an SPS number of between 350 and 400.
                      Progress continues at a slower pace due to the large number of applications which remain unsupported by documentation to establish (i) the procedure was performed, and (ii) if established, to prove significant disability. In particular, a large number of the applications presently being assessed are unsupported by documentation to prove significant disability.

                      Progress Report as at 20th February 2015
                      574 applications have been accepted by the Scheme. No additional applications have been accepted since the 13th February 2015.
                      1 late application has been rejected since the 13th February 2015.
                      11 late applications remain ongoing.
                      144 offers have been made. Of these offers:
                        · 126 have been accepted including 5 cases where the applicant lacks capacity and the offer has been accepted by her proxy;
                        · 18 are awaiting response.
                      114 awards have been made.
                      38 cases have been found ineligible in total including 14 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      Judge Clark is presently assessing applications with an SPS number of between 300 and 350. Applications of patients aged 88 and older also continue to be prioritised.
                      Progress remains at a slower pace due to the large number of applications which remain unsupported by documentation to establish (i) the procedure was performed, and (ii) if established, to prove significant disability.

                      Progress Report as at 13th February 2015
                      574 applications have been accepted by the Scheme.
                      No additional applications have been accepted since the 6th February 2015. 12 late applications remain ongoing in that Judge Clark is awaiting affidavits of evidence.
                      131 offers have been made and 22 await a response.
                      109 awards have been made.
                      33 cases have been found ineligible including 14 cases that have been withdrawn by the applicants. In all of these cases, it was established that the applicant did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      No offer which has been made has been rejected.
                      Judge Clark is presently assessing applications with an SPS number of between 250 and 300. Applications of patients aged 88 and older also continue to be prioritised.
                      Progress is slowing down due to the large number of applications which are unsupported by documentation to establish (i) the procedure was performed, and (ii) if established, to prove significant disability. Applicants are receiving letters reminding them to progress their cases.


                      Progress Report as at 6th February 2015
                      To date, 574 applications have been accepted by the Scheme which includes 1 additional application that was accepted since the 30th January 2015.
                      12 late applications remain ongoing.
                      To date, 128 offers have been made and 33 await a response.
                      To date, 95 awards have been made.
                      To date, 29 cases have been withdrawn / found ineligible as it has been established that they did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      To date, no offer which has been made has been rejected.
                      Each application received by the Scheme has received a reference number (SPS number). Judge Clark is presently assessing applications with an SPS number of between 150 and 250. A significant number of those cases have not provided information required to make an assessment.
                      Applications of patients aged 88 and older also continue to be prioritised.
                      Much delay in making assessments is caused by the absence of any medical reports or evidence of symphysiotomy. Many applicants have been referred for radiological examination to accelerate the process.

                      Progress Report as at 30th January 2015
                      To date, 573 applications have been accepted by the Scheme which includes 1 additional application that was accepted since the 23rd January 2015.
                      13 late applications remain ongoing.
                      To date, 121 offers have been made and 46 await a response.
                      To date, 75 awards have been made.
                      To date, 19 cases have been withdrawn / found ineligible as it has been established that they did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      To date, no offer which has been made has been rejected.
                      Applications of patients aged 88 and older are presently being prioritised.

                      Progress Report as at 23rd January 2015
                      We have received in total 590 applications of which:
                        · 563 applications were made to the Scheme on or before the closing date of the 5th December 2014;
                        · 27 further late applications were made on or before the 14th January 2014 of which
                          · 9 have been accepted;
                          · 4 have been rejected;
                          · the remainder are ongoing.
                      1 person attempted to make an application outside the closing date for receipt of late applications. This application could not be accepted.
                      To date, 109 offers have been made and 43 await a response.
                      To date, 66 awards have been made.
                      To date, 15 cases have been withdrawn / found ineligible as it has been established that they did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      To date, no offer which has been made has been rejected.

                      Between the 28th November and 9th January 2015
                      568 applications were received in total by the closing date on the 5th December 2014.
                      23 late applications have been received to date of which 10 have been accepted, 4 have been rejected and the rest are in progress.
                      We have made 75 offers to date amounting to over €5,250,000.
                      To date, 31 awards have been processed.
                      No offer which has been made has been rejected to date.
                      6 cases have been withdrawn by applicants as it has been established that they did not have a symphysiotomy.
                      We have also had a number of cases where the applicants have confused episiotomy with symphysiotomy. These applications were ineligible.
                      We have also had a number of cases of spontaneous symphysiotomy which are also ineligible.
                      In the last week before the closing date for applications, most applications received contained no hospital records and no medical evidence of symphysiotomy or significant disability.

                      Week 3 (24th - 28th November)
                      83 further applications were received. A large number are awaiting medical records.
                      Several Applicants have established a surgical symphysiotomy took place but we are awaiting specialist medical reports before being able to assess if an award should be made under 1B instead of 1A.
                      3 Applicants claim surgical symphysiotomy but there is no clinical evidence on their medical files that such procedure was carried out.
                      29 telephone queries were received and addressed.
                      8 further conditional offers have been made.
                      To date conditional offers have been made totalling €1,450,00.00.
                      Due to the volume of applications received, further assessments which have been made this week will result in offers being sent out shortly.

                      Week 2 (17th – 22nd November)
                      54 further applications were received. A large number are awaiting medical records.
                      2 claims were for episiotomy and not symphysiotomy. The papers were returned.
                      15 assessments were made and conditional offers in some, ranging from €50,000 to €100,000, made. 4 of these offers have been accepted.

                      Week 1 (10th – 14th November)
                      Almost 800 application forms have been collected from the lobby of Department of Health in Hawkins House
                      More than 100 telephone queries have been dealt with by the staff of the scheme. A fair number of callers were unfamiliar with what a surgical symphysiotomy as opposed to spontaneous symphysiotomy was.
                      70 application forms were sent out pursuant to those telephone queries
                      10 application forms were received
                      3 were incomplete
                      7 assessments were made and conditional letters of offer sent out – the sums assessed range from €50,000 to €150,000.




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