THE husband of Savita Halappanavar has expressed concern at the lack of any outside, independent oversight of the disciplinary process for staff at the hospital where his wife died.
Praveen Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said his client told him he was disappointed that the process would be conducted internally at University Hospital Galway.
He was speaking after the board overseeing Galway and other hospitals in the north west announced that up to 30 staff involved in the care of Mrs Halappanavar are to face a disciplinary process.
She died almost a year ago from septicaemia, one week after she was admitted and told she would miscarry 17 weeks into her pregnancy.
"It goes back to the accountability which Praveen has sought over and over again," said Mr O'Donnell.
The 11-member board met on Thursday night to consider the findings and recommendations of reports into the death of Mrs Halappanavar.
Hospital chief executive Bill Maher said the reports on Savita's death from the HSE and the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) had already been referred to their regulatory bodies, the Medical Council and An Bord Altranais.
Preliminary fitness to practise hearings involving some staff have already begun. "I will apply our established disciplinary process. As part of due process, the staff will have full opportunity to explain their decisions and actions," said Mr Maher. The sanction could include dismissal.
Meanwhile, four senior managers from the hospital have remained on the governing board overseeing hospitals in the region.
This is despite a recommendation from HIQA that employees of a hospital should not be appointed to a governing board because of a potential conflict of interest.
The four senior staff from University Hospital Galway who are on the board of West/North West Hospitals Group are Mr Maher (chief executive), Dr Pat Nash (group clinical director), Colette Cowan (group director of nursing and midwifery) and Maurice Power (group chief financial officer).
However, Mr Maher said they wanted to meet with HIQA first before looking at its own composition. He said HIQA "has asked us to review our governance structures and arrangements".
He said "considerable progress" has already been made in implementing the recommendations from the HSE investigation and the coroner's inquest.
These include the education of all staff in the recognition of sepsis and the introduction of a new multi-disciplinary team-based training programme in the management of obstetric emergencies, including sepsis.