Press Release

Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme

THE LOURDES HOSPITAL PAYMENT SCHEME INVITES APPLICATIONS FROM WOMEN WHO COME WITHIN THE TERMS OF THE SCHEME

On 23 July 2013, Government approved the establishment of a Scheme to provide redress to around 35 women who were excluded on age grounds alone from the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme.

The original Redress Scheme was devised to compensate, by way of an ex gratia payment, any former patient of Dr Michael Neary, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth, who underwent an unnecessary obstetric hysterectomy, or bilateral oophorectomy.

The Minister for Health has now established the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme, which will be administered by the State Claims Agency, on a totally confidential basis, on the Minister’s behalf.

The Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme will cover former patients of Dr Neary who underwent a bilateral oophorectomy, or removal of a remaining single functioning ovary, performed when a patient was aged 40 years or over, which rendered her immediately menopausal and which was medically unwarranted.

There are specific terms set out in the Scheme that must be satisfied before an applicant will be deemed suitable for redress. It is essential that all applicants consult the terms of the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme, which are available from the address below.

The Commencement Date for making applications to the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme is Tuesday 12 November 2013. Applications must be made within 30 days of the Commencement Date. The Closing Date for receipt of applications is therefore Wednesday 11 December 2013 (at 5 p.m.).

In exceptional circumstances, the State Claims Agency has discretion to extend the time for receipt of applications by up to a maximum of 30 further days, i.e. to Friday 10 January 2014.

NO APPLICATION RECEIVED AFTER 5 P.M. ON 10 JANUARY 2014 WILL BE ACCEPTED OR CONSIDERED.

The relevant date is the date of receipt of an application, and evidence of posting is not evidence of receipt.

The staff operating the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme will be happy to provide assistance and to answer any queries. The office of the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme will be open Monday to Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. except on bank holidays. Applicants may also wish to consult a solicitor to assist and advise on making an application.

For the full terms of the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme, and to obtain an application form, please contact:

Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme
Treasury Building
Grand Canal Street
Dublin 2.
Tel: + 353 (0)1 238 4370

Email: lourdespaymentscheme@ntma.ie

Details of the Scheme including the application form can also be downloaded from www.stateclaims.ie/lourdespaymentscheme.pdf

The terms of this advertisement do not form part of the Lourdes Hospital Payment Scheme. In any conflict, the terms of the Scheme take precedence. The making of an application is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Scheme.