Husband receives Savita Halappanavar draft report from HSE

Friday 29 March 2013 23.15
Praveen Halappanavar declined the HSE's request to receive the report personally
Praveen Halappanavar declined the HSE's request to receive the report personally

The Health Service Executive has delivered a copy of its 108-page draft final report into the death of Savita Halappanavar to the family solicitor in Galway.

The report was given to Gerard O'Donnell this morning by Tony Canavan, the Chief Operating Officer of the HSE's Galway-Roscommon Hospital Group.

Praveen Halappanavar was not present, after declining the HSE's request to receive the report personally from the executive's representative.

Mr O'Donnell said Mr Halappanavar will review the findings and decide whether he wishes to meet the chairman of the inquiry team, Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran.

Speaking after he handed over the report, Mr Canavan said that he hoped Mr Halappanavar would have some input to the final report.

He said this would improve the process and mean it was better informed.

Mr Canavan also reiterated his sympathy and that of the hospital group to Mr Halappanavar and his family.

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he will bring the report to Cabinet before it is published.

Mrs Halappanavar, 31, was admitted to Galway University Hospital complaining of back pain on 21 October last year.

She was 17 weeks' pregnant with the couple's first child and died a week later at the hospital on 28 October.

The full inquest into her death will open in Galway on 8 April.

Mr O'Donnell said Mr Halappanavar was never involved in the clinical review and is unlikely to partake in it at this stage but he wants to ensure the final report is accurate and factual.

Mr Halappanavar did not look at coverage of the leaked draft report which emerged some weeks ago and his solicitor says he will be looking at the final draft with a "fresh mind".

He is likely to take the weekend to consider the findings and decide early next week on how he will respond to them.

No time constraints have been placed on Mr Halappanavar to respond.

When he has finished considering the findings, Mr O'Donnell expects the report will be finalised and presented to Mr Reilly.

Separately, the Health Information and Quality Authority is conducting a statutory investigation into matters surrounding the case.