Three doctors removed from team probing Savita's death

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 04:04 hrs

London: Irish government has removed three doctors from an inquiry team probing the tragic death of an Indian dentist, who was denied an abortion despite serious complications during pregnancy.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has told lawmakers that doctors who have no connection to Galway University Hospital would be appointed to replace them.

Three Galway-based consultants will now not be part of the seven-member Health Service Executive (HSE) inquiry team that will look into the death of Savita, RTE News reported.

The development comes hours after the solicitor for the Halappanavar family said her husband Praveen had no faith in the HSE inquiry into his wife's death and would not cooperate with it.

Savita, 31, died from blood poisoning at the Galway University Hospital on October 28 after doctors allegedly refused to perform an abortion stating "this is a Catholic country".

Earlier, solicitor for the Halappanavar family, Gerard O'Donnell, said Savita's husband Praveen and his family were very concerned about the way his late wife was treated at Galway Hospital and "they want a full public inquiry to be held into the circumstances surrounding her death".

"He (Praveen) feels that anybody who is appointed by the HSE or paid for by the HSE to conduct an inquiry into his wife's death won't meet the criteria that we would advise him as lawyers of getting to the truth," the report quoted ODonnell as saying.

O'Donnell said the removal of the three consultants from the Galway hospital from the inquiry team would not be enough to meet Halappanavar's concerns.

The Chairman of the HSE inquiry team, Dr Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, a Sri Lanka-born obstetrician/gynaecologist, this afternoon sought a face-to-face meeting with Praveen.

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