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Independent public inquiry cannot be avoided – Ó Caoláin

22 November, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has reaffirmed the call for an independent inquiry into the hospital treatment and death of Savita Halappanavar.

He said:

“I reaffirm our call for an independent inquiry. The HSE inquiry does not have the trust of Savita’s family or of the public.

“The news that the file from Galway University Hospital does not contain reference to Savita’s request for a termination strengthens the case for an independent inquiry.

“It is incredible that no effort seems to have been made by the HSE, the Minister or the Taoiseach to speak directly to Praveen Halappanavar.

“We have had a megaphone approach with the Taoiseach and the head of the HSE making calls to the family through the media. That is not acceptable in such a sensitive case.

“We have a call for HIQA to intervene – but HIQA does not normally investigate individual cases. It examines systems and practices and facilities.

“There is no getting away from the need for an independent, transparent public inquiry. Minister Joan Burton in the Dáil this morning conjured up the image of the 13-year long Moriarty Tribunal. No-one wants that.

“A time-limited inquiry to get at the truth and draw conclusions is possible and is what is needed now.” ENDS

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