REMINDER – The Government’s approved symphysiotomy payment scheme closes for applications on Friday, 5 December

Click here for more information and how to apply

Important Note

You can apply to the scheme even if you don’t yet have all the required documentation, like medical records. The application form must be submitted by the closing date of  Friday 5th December and you should explain on the application form the reasons for the delay in forwarding the medical records. You should then submit the relevant documentation as soon as possible.

How to Apply

Click here to download and print an application form.


Collect an application form from the Reception Desk, Department of Health, Hawkins House, Dublin 2

Judge Maureen Harding Clark has been appointed as the independent Assessor to the Scheme.  You can contact the Office of the Payment Scheme if you have any questions:


 (01) 6778553, or (01) 6778554 or (01) 6778555


By Post    

The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme,

P.O. Box 12487,

Dublin 1.

Summary of the Scheme

Women who had a surgical symphysiotomy or pubiotomy at any hospital in the State between the years 1940 and 1990 who comply with the terms of this Scheme are eligible to apply.

Awards of €50,000, €100,000 or €150,000 will be made to women who provide evidence that they have had a surgical symphysiotomy or pubiotomy.

It is estimated that there are around 350 women still living who will be eligible for an award.

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

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