Draft terms of reference for inquiry sent to husband


Inquiry termsThe husband of the late Savita Halappanavar has been sent a copy of the draft terms of reference for the internal inquiry to be conducted by University Hospital Galway into her death.

Praveen Halappanavar is believed to have arrived back in Ireland and to be staying with friends.

Mr Halappanavar has still not heard personally from the Health Service Executive, Department of Health or the Department of the Taoiseach about the independent investigation into the death of his wife, who died at University Hospital Galway last month.

A friend said he had been checking the post at the home the couple shared at Roscam in Galway and that the draft terms of reference had arrived on Friday.

Mr Halappanavar has also had contact from the coroner in Galway, who assured him an inquest would take place as soon as all the statements and medical reports had been gathered.

By last night Mr Halappanavar had not yet read the draft terms.

His friend said he had also received on Friday copies of the medical notes taken when his wife was a patient at the hospital between October 21st and 28th. He had requested these documents.

Ms Halappanavar (31) died at the hospital a week after she had presented miscarrying her 17-week pregnancy. She died of septicaemia. 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.