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CROSS EXAMINATION OF SAVITA’S OBSTETRICIAN

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Date Published: 10-Apr-2013

Cross examination of Savita Halappanavar’s consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury is underway

It’s after she read her statement at the close of day two of the inquest yesterday.

Her deposition detailed her dealings with Ms. Halapannavar from a routine

anti-natal visit to her hospitalisation later in October last year.

The Coroner Dr, Ciaran MacLoughlin asked if there was a system failure in the hospital’s policy of checking vital signs every four hours in a case where membranes have ruptured.

Dr. Astbury said there were readings over four hours but conceded that there were at times longer gaps in that process.

The Coroner also questioned an abnormal white blood count and Dr. Astbury said she wasn’t aware the white cell count was 16.9 and if she had been, she would have repeated it.

The Coroner concluded his questioning by saying there were two system failures involving checking vital signs in the case of ruptured membranes and an abnormal blood count not being communicated to the consultant obstetrician.

She is now being questioned by Praveen’s Senior Counsel Eugene Gleeson.

At the opening this morning Senior Counsel for the HSE Declan Buckley explained a suggestion from a staff witness yesterday that the records may have had entries inserted.

He said the entry on page 23 of the record was a curly bracket and that this bracket does not interfere with anything in the chart.

He added that nothing had been done with the record since November 14th when it was copied and placed in the hospital safe.

He said he asked who had done it and that the only explanation is that somebody who was reviewing the chart took a pen and marked these four areas.

He stressed it wasn’t deliberate and was not tampering with the record.

He added that the HSE internal inquiry did not begin until December 10th.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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