Plea for ‘no more delays’ in relation to publication of Savita death report

The chairman of the West Regional Health Forum has called for ‘no more delays’ in the publication of the report into the death of Savita Halappanavar last October.

Members of the forum will meet in Galway tomorrow where the controversy over the continuing delay in the publication of the report is expected to dominate the debate.

Mrs Halappaanavar’s husband, Praveen, was promised a copy of the HSE clinical review into her death before the end of February.

He was visibly upset when a draft copy was leaked in the media earlier last month.

The seven-member review team was chaired by Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran of St George’s Hospital, University of London and examined any shortcomings that may have arisen in the care of Mrs Halappanavar.

Management at Galway University Hospitals is now understood to have promised Mr Halappanavar a copy of their findings within the next week.

Mrs Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to the Galway hospital on Oct 21 suffering from severe back pain. It was discovered that she was miscarrying.

Her husband has said she repeatedly requested a termination over the following three days. But, he claimed, this was refused because the foetal heartbeat was still present and his wife was allegedly told that “this is a Catholic country”.

Mrs Halappanavar died at the hospital from septicaemia on Oct 28.

The chairman of the HSE West Forum, Galway Councillor Padraig Conneely, said he wanted to know exactly when the report would be published and when it would be made available to Forum members.

“It is long overdue and I raised my concerns at the last meeting of the forum a month ago.

“I was given to understand it would be published by now, but that has not happened.

“I have tabled a number of questions and I will be asking management what the reason for the hold-up is, legal or otherwise. I want to see it published without any further delay, because of the public concern arising from the circumstances of Mrs Halappanavar’s tragic death.”


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