Savita report ‘shows systems breakdown’

The chair of the HSE West Forum has said the leaked draft report investigating the death of Savita Halappanavar shows there was “a great systems breakdown amongst the clinicians and medics” at University Hospital Galway.

Addressing the meeting yesterday, Cllr Padraig Conneely (FG) said the final report into Ms Halappanavar’s death was complete and circulated last Friday, with parties being given two weeks in which to respond before it goes to the Department of Health.

Ms Halappanavar died at the hospital on Oct 28, a week after she presented with back pain and was found to be miscarrying.

Cllr Conneely said the contents of the draft report “have dented the confidence in the maternity hospital which is a pity, because it had an excellent record”.

He said he had been told the final report was similar to the leaked draft.

In a prepared statement, hospital general manager Tony Canavan told the meeting: “The coverage in the media of what was represented as contents of a draft report was as unacceptable as it was regrettable, showing no respect for the dignity of the patient and her family or for due process.”

He also said that staff had co-operated with the investigation.

Mr Cavanan said the local coroner had set Apr 8 as the start date for the inquest.

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