The Health Information and Quality Authority may have to establish a further investigation into how pregnant women who are getting increasingly ill are cared for in Irish hospitals, following its inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The authority, which this afternoon published the terms of reference for its investigation into the death of the 31 year-old pregnant woman at Galway University Hospital last month, said if it emerged that there may be “serious risks” to any other woman in a similar situation in the future, it may recommend “further investigation or ..a new [one] “.

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Praveen Halappanavar, husband of the late Savita Halappanavar, met Minister for Health James Reilly for a 25-minutes today.

They met in Galway in the company of his solicitor, Gerard O’Donnell.

Speaking afterwards Mr O’Donnell described their talks as “positive”. The meeting was sought by the Department of Health and Mr Halappanavar agreed to meet Mr Reilly during a previously arranged visit to the city today.

Mr Reilly expressed condolences to Mr Halappanavar on the death of his wife at Galway University Hospital last month, on his behalf and on behalf of the Government.

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HEALTH watchdog HIQA has launched a statutory inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar after a miscarriage.

A formal request for a second investigation over Mrs Halappanavar's death in hospital was made by the HSE amid concerns over the independence of its own inquiry.

It came as Labour ministers Ruairi Quinn and Pat Rabbitte backed new legislation as the only way to resolve the abortion crisis triggered by Savita’s death.

Her husband, Praveen, is battling the Government to hold a sworn, public inquiry into her death on October 28, 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.

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"[T]here was no request documented in the Savita Halappanavar's medical records that she or her husband had repeatedly sought a termination."

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This is deeply, deeply concerning and an indicator of how much shame and secrecy surrounds this issue in this country, even in a medical setting. It should NOT; the issue of access to safe and legal abortion is absolutely key to women's health and human rights.