Galway staff removed from inquiry into Savita death


The three employees of Galway University Hospital have been asked to stand down from the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar, the Dáil has been told.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this afternoon the Government had decided earlier that Minister for Health Dr James Reilly would request the HSE not to have any consultant from the hospital involved in the investigation.

“That is not, in any way, impugning their integrity,’’ he added.

He said it was being done to have regard “for the traumatic effect on Savita’s husband and family and in the greater public interest at large’’.

Mr Kenny said it was accepted that the chairmanship of Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran was unquestioned. Therefore, the investigation would be utterly independent of the hospital and would, hopefully, be able to ascertain the truth, the facts and circumstances surrounding the very tragic death.

“The three doctors will not be part of the investigation and therefore different personnel who are competent, who are experienced and who have no connection to Galway University Hospital will be appointed,” said Mr Kenny.


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