HSE unveils membership of Halappanavar inquiry team

Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 00:00

The Health Service Executive  today unveiled details of its inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Ms Halappanavar (31) died of septicaemia at the hospital a week after she had presented miscarrying her 17-week pregnancy. Her husband has said she repeatedly requested a termination over a three-day period but this had been refused on the grounds that Ireland was a “Catholic country” and a foetal heartbeat was still present.

At a press conference this afternoon, the HSE said the investigation will seek to identify any shortcomings that may be identified in the clinical care provided to Ms Halappanavar.

The seven-member investigating team will be chaired by Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George's Hospital, University of London.

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