HIQA investigation no substitute for public inquiry – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the publication of the terms of reference of the HIQA inquiry into the safety and standards of care for pregnant women by the HSE including University College Hospital Galway as in the case of Savita Halappanavar, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:
“While this HIQA investigation may be useful in itself it is no substitute for the independent public inquiry sought by the family of the late Savita Halappanavar, a call widely supported in Ireland in the wake of that tragedy.
“We now have the HSE clinical review and the HIQA inquiry, with an inquest to follow. However none of these can provide the full public scrutiny required. The Health Minister has not ruled out a public inquiry. He should proceed to establish one with clear terms of reference, a definite timeframe and with strict limits on legal costs.”