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Solicitor in talks with HSE over Savita report

PRAVEEN Halappanavar's solicitor and a close friend today held their first formal talks with the HSE inquiry team that investigated the death of his wife Savita.

PRAVEEN Halappanavar's solicitor and a close friend today held their first formal talks with the HSE inquiry team that investigated the death of his wife Savita.

Mr Halappanavar was invited to discuss the draft report with the chairman and vice- chairman of the inquiry in Galway this afternoon – just weeks after the inquest into the death of the Indian nurse.

However, speaking to the Herald this morning, Praveen's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said his client has opted not to attend.

Mr O'Donnell will be accompanied by Praveen's friend, CVR Prasad, who testified at Savita's inquest.

CLARIFY

According to the Galway-based solicitor, the meeting will be used to "clarify aspects" of the report before it is made public.

"There are aspects that need to be clarified and there are elements that we are not necessarily happy with," Mr O'Donnell said. "It will then be up to the chairman of the inquiry team as to whether our comments are embodied in the final report. We've always indicated that if there is any element that is inaccurate we will seek for it to be corrected," he added.

Mr O'Donnell will make submissions to the inquiry team based on the evidence presented at last month's inquest.

Following the two-week hearing, Praveen claimed that his wife's treatment at Galway University Hospital was "horrendous, barbaric and inhuman".

Praveen's legal team will today ask the inquiry chairman, Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, whether he has reviewed the transcripts of the inquest and if he himself would make amendments as a result.

The meeting will be followed by the finalising of the report before it is made public.

Savita (31) died on October 28 after miscarrying her baby at 17 weeks. A litany of failures by the medical team was exposed at the inquest.

noconnor@herald.ie


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