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Hospital steps up death probe

Fionnan Sheahan, Eilish O'Regan and Paul Melia

Published 15/11/2012 | 05:00

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THE internal investigation being carried out by Galway University Hospital into the death of Savita Halappanavar has been stepped up a gear with staff at the hospital being interviewed.

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It is understood one of the areas the Risk Review Group will be examining is the experience of the consultant who dealt with the case.

Local speculation that Taoiseach Enda Kenny made direct contact with the hospital's CEO Bill Maher was categorically denied.

Staffing at the Galway hospital maternity unit during Mrs Halappanavar's stay, including the Bank Holiday weekend, were normal, according to a hospital spokesman. There were consultant obstetricians both working on site and on call, he added.

Meanwhile, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is to oversee a review into the death of Savita Halappanavar – but will bring an outside independent expert to the team.

Crucially, it will examine her care from the time she developed symptoms of infection, the treatment she received and also the clinical diagnosis that was made.

A spokeswoman said the terms of reference were still being finalised.

Mrs Halappanavar is the first woman to suffer a maternal death in the Galway hospital maternity unit in the past five years, the Irish Independent has learned.

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