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HIQA board to decide if it will investigate Savita death today

The board of the health watchdog meets today to consider a request to hold a statutory investigation into the woman’s death at a Galway hospital last month.

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THE BOARD OF the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is to meet this morning to discuss whether or not to hold a statutory inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar last month.

The board meets today following a request from the Health Service Executive to investigate the death of the 31-year-old dentist who died last month at Galway University Hospital.

Savita died after she contracted blood poisoning following a miscarriage. Her family claim that was denied an abortion despite repeated requests to doctors at the hospital.

It was thought that following a meeting yesterday HIQA would be issuing a statement to confirm its next steps, however this did not transpire but confirmation of whether or not an inquiry will take place will likely come today.

Any inquiry into Savita’s death by the independent health watchdog would involve an “investigation into the care and treatment provided to Savita” according to HIQA.

Already the HSE is investigating her death but it does not have the cooperation of her husband Praveen Halappanavar and it is unclear if he would cooperate with the HIQA probe.

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