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Probe into Savita shambles goes from bad to worse

Eilish O’Regan and Greg Harkin

Published 21/11/2012 | 05:00

A SERIES of events has plunged the HSE probe into the death of Savita Halappanavar further into shambles.

The agency was forced to ask three doctors from Galway University Hospital to step down from the inquiry, and it has now ?emerged the man leading the investi- gation previously helped to write a report advocating abortion.

At the same time, Savita’s husband, in an interview with the Irish Independent, confirmed that he has no intention of co-operating with theHSE investigation.

Praveen Halappanavar spoke after he spent eight hours outlining the details of his wife's death to gardai.

Despite the three Galway-based doctors stepping down, Mr Halappanavar insisted: "I will not be co-operating with the inquiry in any way."

His refusal was the latest in a series of blows which has left the inquiry in disarray.

There were increasing calls for a full public inquiry to replace the HSE probe.

Health chiefs were finally forced to bow to demands for the three consultants to step down from the seven-person inquiry team. It followed a day of intense disbelief that the HSE would have appointed them in the first place to an inquiry of such international attention.

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