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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

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

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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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