Friday 24 February 2017

Head of inquiry is perfect choice to uncover truth of this tragedy

A GRIEVING husband, an international outcry and a hospital under siege. Since the explosive mix of emotions, which has remained unabated following the news of the death of Savita Halappanavar after a miscarriage in Galway University Hospital, the nearest anyone has come to the voice of calm has been Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran.

Prof Arulkumaran, who agreed to chair the inquiry team into the death of Savita, is head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George's Hospital in London. He has a distinguished career, including over 250 academic publications, and is the editor and author of 28 books. It emerged last night that these include a report calling on countries to make termination of pregnancy a legal right to reduce maternal death and illness.

Before the tumult which erupted after news of Savita's death, the hospital had promised an inquiry – but it was still unsure if any outside expert would be included in the investigation team and the possibility of securing anyone from abroad also seemed remote.

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