THE grieving widower of Savita Halappanavar is calling on the Health Minister to meet him immediately.
James Reilly had assured Praveen Halappanavar he would meet him following completion of the HSE report into the death of his wife Savita.
However, more than three months later, he has failed to do so. Mr Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said that following the recent publication of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report, the third and final report into the death, they will make yet another request for a meeting this week.
"We have heard nothing from the minister yet. Now that we have the HIQA report, and that is the third and final report, I will once again be going back to the minister and formally requesting a meeting this week.
"Since the last meeting, he had had the benefit of three different reports into Savita's death, I think it is appropriate now that he meets with us," he said.
Mr O'Donnell said he and his client were anxious to be kept abreast of what further action may be taken by the Irish Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board, which are now reviewing the case.
"There are other issues that need to be addressed. The report has been sent on to the professional bodies by the minister but we are in the dark as to what the outcome of this may be. "I understand from the HSE statement that preliminary hearings are already taking place, but this was news to me and my client," he said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the minister was "happy to meet with Praveen and hopefully that can be arranged". Mr Halappanavar will mark the first anniversary of his wife Savita's death in Galway next Monday.
Mr O'Donnell added: "Praveen keeps coming back to accountability and ensuring that this won't happen again.
The recent HIQA report identified 13 "missed opportunities" which, if acted upon, "may potentially have resulted in a different outcome for her".