TD calls for independent inquiry into the death of Malak Thawley
Calls for an independent inquiry into the death of Malak Thawley have been supported by Fianna Fail TD Jack Chambers.
The Dublin West TD said today: “The Minister for Health Simon Harris needs to agree to establish an independent inquiry to address internal hospital systemic failures and accountability.”
He said there is a need for full disclosure, transparency and lessons learned to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Ms Thawley (34) died in the National Maternity Hospital last year after a blood vessel was accidentally cut during an operation for ectopic pregnancy.
Her husband Alan is now seeking an independent inquiry.
Backing the call Deputy Chambers said: "The consequence of a series of catastrophic and shocking errors and the failure to follow basic protocol resulted in the death of Mrs. Thawley by medical misadventure, as outlined by the verdict of the coroner.
“The National Maternity Hospital undertook its own review of the case which the family see as a shambolic attempt to hide crucial facts and salvage reputations. We cannot allow hospitals to investigate themselves in this way.”
Mr Harris has now asked former Rotunda Hospital master Dr Peter McKenna to provide an assessment of the case .
He will examine- without delay - the existing evidence from the inquest into her death and an internal hospital report with a view to assessing if an external probe be carried out.
The minister said Dr McKenna would provide him with a view on the appropriateness of the clinical reviews which have been undertaken to date.
He also asked Patrick Lynch, National Director of Quality Assurance and Verification, to examine how the National Maternity Hospital conducted the investigation into Mrs Thawley's death.
Deputy Chambers said that while welcomed the Minister’s announcement of a review by Dr McKenna, there is a clear need for a full public inquiry.
“The family’s repeated request to have a meeting with Minister Harris was until last night ignored. The Minister now needs to follow through with his commitment to meet with the Thawley family.