The Medical Council has upheld the decision of the Fitness to Practice inquiry which found three obstetricians guilty of professional misconduct.

In 1998 the three obstetricians cleared Dr Michael Neary of any wrongdoing after reviewing nine of his caesarean hysterectomy cases.

Last month the Fitness to Practice Committee found the three consultants had serious questions to answer after they produced positive reviews of the work of the now disgraced Drogheda obstetrician.

In a statement issued through their solicitors, the three obstetricians say they are bitterly disappointed by the finding of professional misconduct which they believe is fundamentally wrong.

It is understood that the three are considering seeking a judicial review of the decision.

However Sheila O'Connor of Patient Focus welcomed the decision.

The Medical Council has meanwhile decided to publish the transcripts of the FTP inquiry.

The decision has been welcomed by Patient Focus.

It will be a number of weeks before the transcripts will be made public as the medical council has to remove all references to patients' names and details.