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Saturday 19 April 2014

Hospital's condolences over Savita's death are too little too late, says Praveen

SAVITA Halappanavar's husband has hit out at Galway Hospital – insisting its condolences on the death of his wife come too late.

Praveen Halappanavar was responding to a statement from the hospital group yesterday which expressed its sympathies to the young widower.

Mr Halappanavar said that today marked the month anniversary of his wife's death, adding that too much time had passed and he no longer had any faith in the hospital.

"I lost Savita a month today. Why is this coming so late? I have been back (in Galway) for two weeks but they never contacted me or asked to meet me.

"I don't get any comfort from this, to be honest. Not after the initial treatment of Savita, the missing information and all that has happened. It has been inhuman and barbaric," he told the Irish Independent.

Bill Maher, CEO of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospitals Group, and Tony Canavan, chief operating officer for the group and general manager of Galway Hospital, expressed their sympathies yesterday. They also said they would co-operate with the HSE and HIQA inquiries.

The hospital sent a letter of condolences to Mr Halappanavar on October 31, which told him there would be an internal investigation into his wife's care and a coroner's inquiry. Mr Halappanavar received the letter before he left for India but became concerned when he heard nothing further as the weeks passed.

"At first I was happy that they would have an investigation, but then I was in India and for two weeks there was nothing. It is now a month later and we still have no answers," he said.

Mr Halappanavar said he and Savita's family were determined to get a public inquiry, adding that he would begin the process of bringing a court action next week if the Government failed to honour his wishes.

Irish Independent

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