The husband of a young woman who died at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, last year has called for an independent investigation into her death.

Malak Thawley was 34 years old and seven weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.

Unexpected bleeding was caused in an abdominal cavity during a procedure to treat her in theatre and she died on 8 May 2016.

Her husband Alan said today he did not feel there had been accountability for her death.

Alan Thawley

Speaking publicly for the first time since the recent inquest into his wife's death, he told RTÉ News that outside experts were needed to look at the case.

Last month Dublin District Coroner's Court returned a verdict of medical misadventure.

The inquest heard that the NMH had to secure ice for brain cooling from a nearby pub and a garda escort was also needed to get a medical instrument.

The hospital conducted an internal investigation into the case and says the recommendations have been implemented and also admitted liability in the case.

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Holles Street Hospital says it has acknowledged the terrible loss suffered by Mr Thawley and the pain and grief he has suffered.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that he will "absolutely reflect very seriously" on Mr Thawley's request for an independent investigation.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News At One, Mr Harris said: "I would suggest that perhaps the inquest and the investigation in the hospital have indeed established what went wrong." 

He added that while he absolutely understands Mr Thawley's desire for answers, his priority is making sure that it does not happen again, and that is why he wants to see the new national maternity hospital built.

He said that moving ahead with the new national maternity hospital is in the best interests of women and babies in Ireland.