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Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland...Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland. Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital. Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy.  REUTERS/Irish Times/handout   MANDATORY CREDIT  (IRELAND - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS...I

Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland...Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland. Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital. Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. REUTERS/Irish Times/handout MANDATORY CREDIT (IRELAND - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS...I

Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland...Savita Halappanavar is seen in an undated family photo in Galway, Ireland. Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland's parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital. Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. REUTERS/Irish Times/handout MANDATORY CREDIT (IRELAND - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS...I

A NUMBER of nurses who took stress leave following the death of Savita Halappanavar have returned to work – but have delayed taking up their old posts at the hospital's maternity unit.

While the majority of staff affected by Mrs Halappanavar's death have returned to University Hospital Galway to their previous duties, several of them have opted not to return immediately to the maternity unit at the hospital.

CEO of the Galway Roscommon hospital group Bill Maher said staff were receiving all the support they needed.

He said: "A number of staff went on stress-related leave.

"Most of them are actually coming back to work now, but some of these are not yet ready to go back into the maternity unit."

Mr Maher added that a number of staff who had since gone on maternity leave had taken the decision to extend that leave as a result of the tragic death of Ms Halappanavar.

Mr Maher said that threats against staff had calmed down in recent months, but flared slightly again following the publication of the HSE clinical report into Mrs Halappanavar's treatment and care.

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