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Report on death of Savita Halappanavar is a damning indictment – Ó Caoláin

13 June, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the HSE Report 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.
"Like the outcome of the inquest, this report is a damning indictment and has far-reaching implications.
“It is extremely serious and distressing that the report has found that Savita’s death resulted from inadequate assessment and monitoring of her condition, failure to offer all management options to her, and University College Hospital Galway’s non-adherence to clinical guidelines relating to the prompt and effective management of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock from when it was first diagnosed.
“The report does not identify individuals involved in the care of Savita but there will be a justifiable public expectation that if serious lapses by individuals, as well as systems, occurred then individuals should be held to account. The HSE has pointed to the forthcoming HIQA report in this context.
“The Minister for Health & Children James Reilly and the HSE must ensure that all recommendations of this Report and of the inquest are fully and promptly implemented.
“One of the key recommendations highlights the need for clear legislation and guidelines on termination to save the life of a woman. This is directly relevant in the context of the publication today of the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Bill 2013 and the guidelines which are due to follow.” ENDS

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