Thursday 24 April 2014

No record of request for abortion in Savita medical notes, solicitor claims

HOSPITAL medical notes relating to the the care of Savita Halappanavar have no record of her asking for a termination, it was claimed today.

Gerard O Donnell, solicitor for the Halappanavar family, said the documents which he received from Galway University Hospital do not mention that Savita asked for a termination when she was suffering a miscarriage and was told the foetus would not survive.

The revelation came as it was announced the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has been asked to carry out a statutory investigation into her death.

The HIQA investigation can begin before the controversial clinical inquiry which is currently underway is completed.

Health Service Executive (HSE) chief Tony O’ Brien, said he had asked HIQA to carry out the investigation this morning but the clinical inquiry, which the Halappanavar family are not cooperating with, will continue.

He said all relevant records had been given to Mr O’ Donnell and he again appealed to Savita’s husband Praveen to give evidence to the clinical inquiry team.

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