Saturday 20 January 2018

Authorities must learn from Savita's tragic death

IT HAS been a very tough eight months since the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital. The tragic loss to her husband Praveen, and the rest of her relatives, was compounded by the struggle to establish how and why she died.

We must also remember the trauma and upset for the staff at the hospital who had set out to provide the best care they could in all the circumstances. The authorities made some errors in their early responses to this situation when it first came to light last November. But they moved on to commission an inquiry and report by a top-flight team.

Now that we have this report, all the government and medical authorities must carefully study its recommendations and act upon them as quickly as is possible.

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