Savita Halappanavar’s husband is unhappy with draft report into her death

Pictured: Savita Halappanavar -- Doctors at Galway University Hospital refused to perform a medical termination

Savita Halappanavar’s husband is unhappy with the Irish government’s official report into his wife’s tragic death in a Galway hospital – and wants to meet the head of the investigation team.

Solicitor Gerard O’Donnell has told the Irish Times newspaper that Praveen Halappanavar is not satisfied with the conclusions of the final draft Health Service report into her death.

O’Donnell received the document on Friday from the investigation team chaired by Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s Hospital, University of London.

He has since studied the document with and on behalf of Praveen and is now to seek a meeting with those who compiled it on behalf of Savita’s husband.

The solicitor told the paper that his client had instructed him to seek a meeting with Prof Arulkumaran later this week to outline his concerns.

He also revealed that the report makes three main recommendations which, if implemented, should ensure that no other woman dies in the way Savita Halappanavar did.

O’Donnell said: “I am going to make contact with the chairperson and try and arrange a meeting before the weekend. We will outline to the chairperson where we see shortcomings.

“It’s a report trying to establish what happened without naming anybody. So from Praveen’s point of view he wants to find out why this happened, why she was not treated, why she did not get treated.”

Savita Halappanavar died at the Galway Hospital last October when she was refused an abortion as she suffered a miscarriage.
 

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