Halappanavar death: Irish medical team disciplined

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 12, 2014 12:10 IST

Nine members of the Irish medical team that treated Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused an abortion have been disciplined.

Although an independent review panel found most of those who treated Savita at the University Hospital in Galway had “no case to answer”, written warnings and other sanctions were imposed against a number of workers, the Irish Independent reported.

The hospital authorities said: “The disciplinary process in respect of most of the other nine staff is now complete.

However no staff members were dismissed or suspended.

Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on October 21 2012 and died a week later of multi-organ failure from blood poisoning after she miscarried her baby.

She was denied an abortion as Ireland is a Catholic country. Her death sparked off an outrage which led to changes in that country's abortion laws.

Her husband Praveen Halappanavar still intends to take a civil action against Ireland's Health Service Executive and Savita's obstetrician, Katherine Astbury, reports said.

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