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Head of HSE Savita inquiry says legal clarity needed to stop another such death

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – If Savita Halapannavar was given a termination she may still be alive today.

That’ s according to the head of the HSE inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her death at University Hospital Galway on the 28th of October last year.

The report highlighted three main factors in the 31 year old’s death, from blood poisoning following a miscarriage.

The report into the death of Savita Halappanavar says medical staff failed to offer all management options – including a termination.

It also says there was an inadequate assessment and monitoring of the 31-year-old’s deteriorating condition.

Furthermore, the Health Service Executive appointed inquiry team also says there was a non adherence to the relevant clinical guidelines on sepsis.

The investigation team was chaired by Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,at St. George’s Hospital, University of London.

He says legal clarity is needed to stop another incident from happening again.

The HSE report has been forwarded to the Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Health Minister James Reilly said he wants their advice on any action considered appropriate – as the report raises several important issues in relation to professional practice.

Minister Reilly said the report lays bare a set of unacceptable factors that led to the tragic death of a young woman.

The Minister has also invited the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to meet him to discuss the implications of the report.

Also, the Health Service Executive and University Hospital Galway are apologising unreservedly to Savita Halappanavar’s husband Praveen and her family.

Dr Patrick Nash is the Clinical Director at University Hospital Galway and say the HSE and UHG will fully implement all the recommendations in the report.

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City Councillor backs calls from Water Safety Ireland warning about inflatable toys in open water as World Drowning Prevention Day is marked

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Niall McNelis has backed calls by Water Safety Ireland warning the public against using inflatable toys in open water.

Today marks World Drowning Prevention Day and the city councillor said they should never be used at rivers, lakes and beaches.

Lifeguards trained by Water Safety Ireland have also seen an increase in the use of inflatable toys such as air mattresses, boats and inflatable rings.

Both the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety organisations have called on everybody to redouble their efforts to ensure that basic safety precautions are observed when recreating on or near the water.

Councillor McNelis said that the lead of Clare and Waterford County Councils to ban inflatables from bathing areas should be followed nationally.

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1,126 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

123 patients are currently being treated in Irish hospitals with the virus in comparison with 105 yesterday.

Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.

The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,285, compared to 1,101 this day last week.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 321, while the seven-day moving average is 1,229.

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The head of the HSE says almost 70 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Paul Reid says more than 5.5 million doses have been administered so far.

He says over 80 percent of adults have now had at least one dose.

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LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.

Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.

The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.

Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.

He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.

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