HSE must not be part of inquiry, says brother
THE brother of Savita Halappanavar has demanded that the inquiry into his sister's death be fully independent of the HSE.
Santosh Yalagi said the circumstances of his only sister's death had left the family devastated and insisted that an independent inquiry was needed to ensure that no other family had to suffer a similar tragedy.
"We need an independent inquiry absolutely. That should be the way this is handled now because what happened to my sister should never be allowed to happen to anyone else," he told the Irish Independent.
However, Health Minister James Reilly insisted that the HSE's national incident management team would carry out the examination of her care and death.
Asked about the three-month timeline for the report, Dr Reilly said he wanted it expedited as quickly as possible, so that the family was not left in limbo.
But it was also important it was thorough and not rushed.
Speaking from his home in Belgaum, India, Mr Yalagi said his family were struggling to come to terms with Savita's sudden death. "I'm still not able to digest the fact that she has died.
"We had got a call to say she was very sick and in ICU and all her organs were failing. They thought there had been some improvement but then she just got worse.
"It has been really traumatic for my family, especially my parents. They had been in Ireland for three months just before this happened.
"We lost Savita three weeks back, but now that it's in the media it's making them go through the trauma all over again. So we need something to come of this," he said.
Also speaking from his home in Belgaum, India, her other brother, Sanjeev Yalagi (32), a software engineer, said the Government must take action to bring the facts to light.
"Tomorrow it might be any other person from Ireland who may also go through it and lose a wonderful, irreplaceable person in their life," Sanjeev said.
He added: "Somebody dying in a hospital bed is really cruel. I think people of Ireland need to bring a change in the law."