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Thursday 24 April 2014

Leading gynaecologist urges use of international experts for Savita inquiry

A RENOWNED gynaecologist and former Head of Obstetrics at University Hospital Galway has written to the Taoiseach calling for an international inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Professor Eamon O'Dwyer said an independent inquiry made up of international experts was necessary to ascertain the facts of what happened to Mrs Halappanavar, who died in University Hospital Galway from septicaemia after suffering a miscarriage.

Prof O'Dwyer said that from the information available to him, he believed that Ms Halappanavar should have been given a termination.

"If they had followed the ruling in the X Case they could have acted, if the mother's life was found to be at risk. I believe they should have acted," he told the Irish Independent.

Prof O'Dwyer has now urged Enda Kenny to launch an immediate independent inquiry.

Given the international outcry caused by the tragic death of Mrs Halappanavar, Prof O'Dwyer said he believed the panel needed to be made up of experts from abroad.

"It has to be above reproach. We need to make sure that people have faith in the inquiry. Ireland is a small country and there could be concerns among the public that Irish experts could be too close to those they are investigating.

"We want to make sure no one can claim the inquiry wasn't adequate."

Irish Independent

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