IRELAND’S health watchdog has launched a statutory inquiry into the death of an Indian dentist after a miscarriage.
A formal request for a second investigation over Savita Halappanavar’s death in hospital was made by the Health Service Executive (HSE) amid concerns over the independence of its own inquiry.
Her husband, Praveen, is battling the government to hold a sworn, public inquiry into her death on 28 October, which he claims happened after she was denied an abortion as she miscarried.
Mr Halappanavar is considering an application to the European Court of Human Rights to meet his demands for a wider investigation. The Health Information and Quality Authority said it “will investigate the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the HSE at University Hospital Galway to critically ill patients, as reflected in the care and treatment provided to Savita Halappanavar”.