THE husband of Savita Halappanavar has repeated his insistence that he will not meet the chairman of an inquiry into his wife’s death following a miscarriage.

Praveen Halappanavar said in an interview to be broadcast tonight on RTE's Prime Time that he would not co-operate with an HSE-run inquiry.

"We are just not confident in the whole family about the HSE leading this investigation," he said.

"These people are salaried by the HSE. They pay them. We think that there would be some kind of bias during the investigation.

"We are requesting a public inquiry basically funded by the Irish Government."

 
 
A SERIES of events has plunged the HSE probe into the death of Savita Halappanavar further into shambles.

The agency was forced to ask three doctors from Galway University Hospital to step down from the inquiry, and it has now emerged the man leading the investi- gation previously helped to write a report advocating abortion.

At the same time, Savita’s husband, in an interview with the Irish Independent, confirmed that he has no intention of co-operating with the HSE investigation.
 
 
The Health Service Executive has appointed Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran as chairman of the investigative team that will review the death of Savita Halappanavar.

He was chosen as an independent expert in obstetrics and gynaecology, and is internationally renowned in his field.
Sir Arulkumaran is professor and head of obstetrics and gynaecology and deputy head of clinical sciences at St George's University of London.

He is also the president of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - the global body dedicated to improving women and newborns' quality of life.

The internationally-respected professor has been in clinical practice for nearly 40 years and has also been involved in research and teaching for more than 25 years.

His main area of research involves foetal monitoring, intrapartum care, high-risk pregnancy, obstetric litigation and safety in maternity care.

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