Savita's husband 'very upset' by leaking of inquiry report
Savita Halappanavar died at the hospital on October 28th last year, a week after she presented with back pain and was found to be miscarrying. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA
Savita Halappanavar’s husband is said to be “very upset” by the leaking of a draft report into his wife’s death.
Praveen Halappanavar’s solicitor Gerard O’Donnell said today he and his client have yet to see the report of the HSE inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.
Ms Halappanavar died at Galway University Hospital on October 28th last year, a week after she presented with back pain and was found to be miscarrying.
Details from a draft report into the 31-year-old’s death were published in the Evening Herald newspaper.
“He’s very upset. Savita’s family are very upset. They are very upset at these details coming into the public without them having had an opportunity of viewing the report,” Mr O’Donnell said.
“If what was published today were extracts from the report then all they do is, in some ways, vindicate what my client said from the outset as to the way his wife was treated at University Hospital, Galway,” Mr O’Donnell said.
“Neither I nor Praveen have seen any copy of the report, draft or otherwise. We just got word at 7.30 this morning that it would be published in the media at noon,” he told The Irish Times.
"It is very disappointing we were not afforded an opportunity to look at it first."
Mr O’Donnell said they had been contacted last week by the HSE, inviting them to participate “at a critical juncture" in the inquiry but that they “politely declined”.
Minister for Health James Reilly today declined to comment on the leak, saying he had not seen the report. "I haven't seen it and I don't have it," Dr Reilly said.
He said he expected to receive the HSE's report in 10 days and he intended to publish it "thereafter" provided there were no legal reasons not to do so.
Dr Reilly said the report is out for consultation, with interested parties given the opportunity to challenge inaccuracies. He said the inquiry team had carried out its work within the set time.
“I owe it to Mr Halappanavar and Savita’s family. And I think we owe it to the women of Ireland as well, who have to be assured there is a safe service for them when they go to have their baby,” he said.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted the priority should be to explain the findings to Ms Halappanavar's husband, Praveen. “That report is not finalised and has not been received by the minister,” Mr Kenny said.