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Alleged illegal sterilisation of mother shocks inquiry team

A mother is alleged to have been illegally sterilised while giving birth at Jamestown Hospital, the Wass Inquiry reveals.

It says she was delivering her child by Caesarean section when she was sterilised “without her prior knowledge or consent” by the doctor looking after her.

“This is a shocking allegation which, if true, would constitute a serious criminal offence,” says Sasha Wass QC in her report.

The public solicitor told the inquiry said that the mother had been promised that the matter was being investigated.

But the panel was “disturbed” that many months had passed since the birth with no outcome.

It recommended that police and the attorney general should review the case.

St Helena Government noted the report but said it could comment for privacy reasons.

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