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Praveen given no notice of HSE report

PRAVEEN Halappanavar was not in the country today as the HSE report into his wife's death was published.

His solicitor has criticised the HSE for a lack of notice ahead of the publication and he questioned the timing which coincides with the release of details of new abortion laws.

Gerard O'Donnell said that he only found out on Tuesday that the report would be released today and added this was "disrespectful" to Praveen and his late wife Savita.

The Herald understands that investigators found that a key factor in her death was "inadequate assessment and monitoring".

The seven-member HSE clinical review team found that Savita's tragic passing was contributed to by a failure to follow up blood tests, a lack of accountability and a failure to adhere to clinical guidelines on the management of sepsis.

The team, led by Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, also notes there was a failure to offer all clinical management options for a patient experiencing inevitable miscarriage early in the second trimester and where the risk to the mother increased with time.

Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at Galway University Hospital in Galway on October 28 last year.

Mr O'Donnell, who only received a final copy of the report by email last night, said that it "bears out what my client has always said about the shortcomings in the treatment of Savita".

He argued that while it is "quite a robust report" there is "no element of accountability".

"It goes a long way towards vindicating what he [Praveen] said," Mr O'Donnell said.

Health Minister Dr James Reilly said that he has "grave concerns" about the care that Savita received but denied that the publication of the report was linked to the abortion legislation.


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