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Damning verdict in Savita case - Ó Caoláin

19 April, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Damning verdict in Savita case - Ó Caoláin
Commenting on the verdict in the inquest on the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, Sinn Féin health & children spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, said:
"I take this opportunity again to extend deepest sympathy to Praveen Halappanavar and all the relatives and friends of Savita.

"There is no doubt that, even within the limited scope of an inquest, today's outcome, based on the evidence presented, is most damning and has far-reaching implications.

"Savita was sadly let down by the healthcare system. The nine recommendations adopted by the jury arise directly from very serious shortcomings that were made clear in evidence during the inquest.

"The recommendation on the need for far clearer guidelines on the appropriateness and timing of termination to save the life of the mother, is especially important. Such guidelines, in tandem with legislation in line with the X case, need to be advanced as speedily as possible.

"The other recommendations regarding management of sepsis, communications between hospital staff and the proper recording of patient care are also extremely important.

"Health Minister James Reilly needs to act immediately to have all the recommendations of the inquest implemented." ENDS

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