Minister asks for Malak case review to see if external probe needed
Health Minister Simon Harris has asked former Rotunda Hospital master Dr Peter McKenna to provide an assessment of the case of Malak Thawley, who died at the National Maternity Hospital last year.
He will examine the existing evidence from the inquest into her death and an internal hospital report to assess if an external probe should be carried out.
Mrs Thawley's husband Alan has asked that an external review of the case by international experts be conducted. Mrs Thawley died after a blood vessel was accidentally cut during an operation for an ectopic pregnancy.
The minister said Dr McKenna would provide him with a view on the appropriateness of the clinical reviews that have been undertaken to date. He also asked Patrick Lynch, national director of quality assurance and verification, to examine how the National Maternity Hospital conducted the investigation into Mrs Thawley's death.
"I want to be assured the review methodology was appropriate, and that the review was undertaken in line with best practice," Mr Harris said.