State has obligations under the EU's laws
THE decision by the Government to ask the HSE to stand down Galway University Hospital doctors from the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar highlights the continued failure of the State to respond properly to what happened in this case.
Recent reports suggest that the Government asked that the Galway doctors step aside from the inquiry panel in response to complaints from Savita's husband, Praveen, that the inquiry would not be independent and therefore would not receive his co-operation.
As a bereaved husband, Praveen's position has irresistible moral force behind it. But it also has the force of the European Convention on Human Rights.