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Friday 18 April 2014

Reilly frustrated he hasn't received Savita report

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly

HEALTH Minister James Reilly has expressed frustration at delays in finalising the report into the death of Savita Halappanavar which has been held up by legal issues.

The minister said he would have expected to have the report at this stage but he understood that various legal points were going back and forth.

"I have to say I would have expected it by now, but there have been issues about it, legal issues," Dr Reilly revealed at the National Healthcare Conference in Dublin.

He insisted that Savita's husband, Praveen, will get the first copy of the finalised report and he will be allowed make his views known before it is published.

Savita (31) died in University College Hospital in Galway in October last year after being diagnosed with sepsis which progressed to septic shock.

She was admitted to the hospital a week earlier and told she would suffer a misscarriage but the infection was not diagnosed for a number of days.

A draft report into her death said medical staff at the hospital underestimated the seriousness of the infection for too long.

Both Savita and her husband Praveen asked that the pregnancy be terminated after being told she would miscarry but this was refused because the baby still had a heart beat.

The final report was expected several weeks ago after all parties had a chance to reply to allegations and conclusions.

Praveen was not interviewed on his request but the inquiry team referred to an account he gave on national television.

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