Tuesday 16 January 2018

Savita husband asks for Reilly meeting

Praveen Halappanavar, pictured here with his late wife Savita, has concerns over her hospital care
Praveen Halappanavar, pictured here with his late wife Savita, has concerns over her hospital care
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE FINAL report into the death of Savita Halappanavar will incorporate many of the concerns and comments of her husband.

Praveen Halappanavar's legal team met the HSE clinical review team last month and laid out its concerns about the care of Ms Halappanavar and details it wished to see included in the report.

 

IMMINENT

 

The final report is due to be completed within a fortnight and Mr Halappanavar's concerns have been taken into account, according to his solicitor Gerard O'Donnell.

 

“We have been told that much of what we said has been incorporated by way of separate observations.

 

“I understand the final report is imminent and we would expect to have sight of the final draft early next week,” said Mr O'Donnell.

 

Mr Halappanavar is also set to request a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly prior to the public release of a report into the death of his wife.

 

Mr O'Donnell said his client was anxious for another meeting with the Minister prior to it becoming public.

 

“Minister Reilly promised Praveen and myself that he would meet us when the report was completed. We will be requesting that meeting before the report is published and in the public domain. “We want to meet the Minister and see his views on the report,” he said.

 

Mr O'Donnell said he would not push the Minister for a public apology, but felt Dr Reilly should consider such a move in the light of the lapses in care that have been highlighted in the case.

 

“As Minister, he is head of the Department and the HSE comes under that. “When he reads the report, especially as a medical doctor himself, I think it will be quite clear what he should do. “But it's not up to us to push for that,” he added.

 

MISADVENTURE

 

Savita Halappanavar (31) died last October 28 at Galway University Hospital. She was 17 weeks’ pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital a week earlier suffering a miscarriage. The inquest concluded on April 19 and recorded a verdict of death as a result of medical misadventure.

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