Draft terms of reference published
The HSE has outlined the draft terms of reference for the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Savita Halappanavar.
The investigation into her death in Galway last month was thrown into turmoil after the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Monday named three Galway hospital consultants on the inquiry panel.
Ms Halappanavar died on October 28th in the hospital’s intensive care unit. She died of septicaemia, having presented at the maternity unit seven days earlier with back pain. She had been 17 weeks pregnant and was found to be miscarrying.
Mr Halappanavar objected to the inclusion on the panel of three employees of the hospital and within 24 hours they had been dropped amid concerns of a conflict of interest.
The replacements are: Professor James Walker, Professor and honorary consultant of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in St James Hospital in Leeds, Dr Brian Marsh, consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and immediate past-Dean, Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland and Professor Mary Horgan, Consultant Physician in Cork University Hospital and Professor in the School of Medicine, University College Cork.
The HSE outlined the draft terms of reference for the investigation this evening.
It will be led by Sir Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Deputy Head of Clinical Sciences at St George's University of London and President of the International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
The HSE said the newly-appointed team will carry out a "thorough, methodical and fair investigation" that will seek to establish the facts and to "identify any causal or contributory factors that may have influenced the death of Ms Halappanavar", a statement issued by the HSE said this evening..
The HSE said it was "keen" that Mr. Halappanavar "will now engage with the investigation team".
The draft terms of reference are as follows:
Draft Investigation Terms of Reference
These are the terms of reference for an incident that arose at the hospital on 28/10/2012. This investigation will be overseen by the National Incident Management Team (NIMT). The final report will be provided to the National Director of Quality and Patient Safety.
The purpose of this investigation is to:
Establish the factual circumstances leading up to the incident
Identify any key causal factors that may have occurred
Identify the contributory factors that caused the key causal factors
Recommend actions that will address the contributory factors so that the risk of future harm arising from these factors is eliminated or if this is impossible, is reduced as far as is reasonably practicable.
Scope of the Investigation/Review
The time frame of this investigation/review will be from patient's admission to GUH on the 21/10/2012 to the patient's death on the 28/10/2012.