External experts are assisting in the disciplinary process that is under way at Galway University Hospital following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

A review of the activities of all staff that interacted with Mrs Halappanavar in the days leading to her death in October 2012 was launched last month.

At the time, her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, expressed concern that the inquiry would be conducted by hospital management.

The process was instigated after the board of the HSE West / Northwest Hospitals Group considered the three reports into his wife's death at a special board meeting last month.

The Chief Operating Officer for the West / Northwest Hospitals Group, Tony Canavan, said today that external assistance had been sought in the interests of restoring public confidence in the maternity services at the hospital.

There will also be independent oversight of the process.

The review centres on the actions of all doctors and nurses who were involved in Mrs Halappanavar's treatment from the time she was admitted to hospital on 21 October 2012, until her death in the early hours of 28 October 2012.

Mr Canavan said all appropriate action would be taken in light of the proceedings. Sanctions up to and including dismissal can apply at the conclusion of the established disciplinary process.

He said the hospital was cooperating fully with investigations by the Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery boards, on foot of HSE and HIQA reports into the death of Mrs Halappanavar.

In some instances, these have advanced to preliminary hearings.

Mr Canavan also reiterated that steps had been taken following the HSE investigation and the Coroner's inquest into the death of Mrs Halappanavar.

He was speaking at the latest meeting of the HSE West's Regional Health Forum in Galway today.