HSE review terms on abortion case being considered by representatives of woman at centre of case

Friday 22 August 2014 06.04
The review team will be aiming to complete its report towards the end of September
The review team will be aiming to complete its report towards the end of September

The terms of reference for the internal HSE review into the care provided to a young woman who had her pregnancy ended prematurely in controversial circumstances will not be published today.

The details are being shared with representatives of the woman who need time to consider the matter.

The review team for the case will be aiming to complete its report towards the end of September but this timescale will be dependent on the co-operation of all parties.

It will want to interview HSE staff, the Department of Justice and its Reception and Integration Agency and the Irish Family Planning Association.

A HSE nurse who referred the woman to the IFPA in April and a GP who saw the woman at around 23 weeks into her pregnancy are also due to be interviewed.

The review will look at any causal and contributory factors to the events under examination.

The young woman says she was raped and became suicidal and sought an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.

Earlier this month, three consultants certified that a termination of pregnancy should take place, with the baby being delivered early by caesarean section at around 25 weeks.

The baby remains in intensive care in hospital and the woman is receiving psychiatric care in the community.