Representatives from the Health Information and Quality Authority visited University Hospital Galway yesterday as part of their inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Ms Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died at the hospital following a miscarriage last October.

At this afternoon's meeting of the Regional Health Forum in Galway, members heard a statement from the hospital's Chief Operating Officer Tony Canavan on the latest developments.

Mr Canavan sympathised with Praveen Halappanavar on the leaking of a draft review into the circumstances surrounding his wife's death.

He appealed to members not to raise any questions at today's meeting that would impinge on patient confidentiality or affect the ongoing inquiries into Ms Halappanavar's death.

Mr Canavan said coverage in the media on the contents of the leaked draft report was as unacceptable as it was regrettable.

He said it showed no regard for due process or patient safety.

The Chairperson of the Regional Health Forum, Councillor Pádraig Conneely, said that if the contents of the leaked report were borne out it would be "distressing and disturbing".

He said it appeared there had been a systems breakdown at the hospital, which had dented confidence in the maternity unit.

Councillor Conneely said this was regrettable.