Health Dept reviewing Michael Neary compensation options

Thursday 21 March 2013 22.08
Some women who had unnecessary operations carried out on them by Dr Michael Neary have already been compensated
Some women who had unnecessary operations carried out on them by Dr Michael Neary have already been compensated

The Department of Health has said it has been engaged in a review to identify the most appropriate way to compensate the victims of disgraced Drogheda surgeon Michael Neary.

This process, the spokesperson said, is ongoing, and it is the minister's intention to bring a proposal to the Government before the summer recess.

The spokesperson said Health Minister James Reilly wants to bring the matter to a "satisfactory, legally sound conclusion as quickly as possible".

In 2011, then minister for health Mary Harney ruled out reopening or establishing a new redress scheme for the victims of Dr Neary.

Victims have again called on the Government to honour its commitment to women excluded from the original redress scheme.

Some women, who had unnecessary hysterectomies carried out on them by Dr Neary, have already been compensated, but over 30 of them were excluded from that scheme on grounds of age.

Mary Packenham, who was 41 years old when Dr Neary removed her ovaries, said it is time Minister Reilly delivered on his promise in the Programme for Government.

"We're out on a limb ... it's just going on, we're not getting anywhere.

"I just think it's scandalous; all the 35 ladies want is for this to be sorted and for closure put to it. We just thought that we'd be honoured and sorted out."