Sunday 15 December 2019

Husband to see Savita report first

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Health Minister James Reilly has promised the husband of Savita Halappanavar that he will see the clinical inquiry report into his wife's death before it is published.

The final report is still undergoing examination for factual accuracy and a system of due process for those involved must proceed.

The minister, in a parliamentary reply, confirmed he received an interim report from the HSE team investigating her death at University College Hospital in Galway before Christmas and briefed Praveen Halappanavar on its progress.

Savita (31) was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the Galway hospital. She was miscarrying and asked for a termination before dying of septicaemia on October 28.

Mr Reilly said: "I met briefly with Mr Halappanavar and his solicitor on December 20 in Athlone. I assured Mr Halappanavar and his solicitor that I would provide them with the final report . . . in advance of its publication."

Irish Independent

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