Archive for the ‘Health’ Category
Clare speaking on this weeks private members motion on funding our health services. Click on the link below to listen:
Clare introducing the 34th Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Personal Autonomy and Bodily Integrity) Bill 2014. The Bill will be debated in the houses of the Oireachtas on the 16th and 17th of December. Click on the link below:
Statement from Marie O’Connor Chairperson Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) in response to Government shameful attempts to railroad women into redress scheme in a move to try and head off the imminent legislation.
Survivors of symphysiotomy have called on the Government to ‘open the gates’ on its redress scheme, which was announced this morning without consultation. The scheme, they say, remains ‘utterly unjust’ and ‘puts a gun to the head of survivors’. Marie O’Connor, Chairperson of Survivors of Symphyiotomy, the national membership group for around 400 survivors, said: ‘the Government scheme, as announced to the media, appears to form part of a pincer movement designed to force survivors to choose prematurely between legal action and ‘redress’. ‘The current time limits being enforced under this discriminatory scheme are unprecedented, unreasonable and unworkable. The gates close in 20 working days, making it impossible for women to seek independent advice and to make a considered decision. All other redress schemes, with one exception, were left open. We want this draconian expiry date lifted. The gates should remain open, as they were for victims of contaminated blood, those abused in residential institutions, and survivors of the Magdalen laundries.’