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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Senator in dispute with former master of Holles Street over Savita's tragic death

Senator Ronan Mullen
Senator Ronan Mullen
Jane Last

Jane Last

Senator Ronan Mullen has insisted that doctors involved in the death of Savita Halappanavar did not try to blame the law of Ireland for her passing.

The independent senator said that those involved in the case "acknowledged the medical mismanagement of her sepsis".

Ms Halappanavar died after she miscarried her 17-week pregnancy.

Mr Mullen spoke out after the former Master of Holles Street Hospital, Professor Peter Boylan, wrote to the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment to correct the record in relation to "assertions" made by the politician.

Professor Boylan said Senator Mullen had made claims which were "at odds" with the facts presented during the professor's testimony last week.

Prof Boylan was one of several expert witnesses called to give evidence to the committee on Ireland's Eight Amendment. He discussed the impact the legislation has on clinicians in Irish hospitals.

Senator Mullen responded to Professor Boylan's complaint, saying: "I said at the Committee that the doctors involved in that [Savita Halappanavar] case did not claim that it was down to the law in Ireland but that it was down to the mismanagement of a situation.

"My view is that the doctors involved in that tragic case did not try to blame the law in Ireland for what happened to Savita, but rather that they acknowledged the medical mismanagement of her sepsis.

"I have been critical, and remain so, of campaigners who try to exploit Savita's death to bring about the legalisation of abortion, when it has always been the case that any life-saving treatment a mother needs, including treatment that brings her pregnancy to an end, is legal and is routine practice."

Irish Independent

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