‘System failures’ led to death in miscarriage case

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on 21 October last year and died a week later.

Consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury told an inquest she was unaware of blood test abnormalities and said the patient’s vitals should have been checked more regularly after her fetal membrane ruptured.

She was asked by Galway coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin if the two aspects of Ms Halappanavar’s care could be seen as system failures