Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers has called on the Minister for Health to establish an independent inquiry into the death of Malak Thawley at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street on May 8th 2016.

Mrs Thawley, who was expecting her first child died unexpectedly while receiving emergency surgery at Holles Street Hospital, one of Ireland’s tertiary maternal hospitals.

Speaking during a special debate in Dáil Eireann last night, Deputy Chambers said, “My first and foremost thoughts are with Mr Thawley, Malek’s husband and her extended family who have been through a deeply traumatic loss of a loved one.

“The consequence of a series of catastrophic and shocking errors and the failure to follow basic protocol resulted in the death of Mrs. Thawley by medical misadventure, as outlined by the verdict of the coroner.

“The National Maternity Hospital undertook its own review of the case which the family see as a shambolic attempt to hide crucial facts and salvage reputations. We cannot allow hospitals to investigate themselves in this way.

“Quite distressingly, the evidence presented to the Cororner’s Court was completely contradictory to the internal hospital review and a lot of the facts that the hospital claimed to have been established were inconsistent, incomplete, inaccurate, misleading and selective.

He added, “The Minister needs to agree to establish an independent inquiry to address the internal hospital systemic failures, accountability, full disclosure, transparency and what can be learned to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

“This raises serious questions that must be answered in the interest of this very tragic case. While the Minister’s announcement of an external review conducted by Dr Peter McKenna, an external inquiry should not impact the need for a full, independent public inquiry.

“The family’s repeated request to have a meeting with Minister Harris was until last night ignored. The Minister now needs to follow through with his commitment to meet with the Thawley family.

“It is paramount that the concerns of the Mrs Thawley family are fully examined in order to determine the full facts relating to this tragedy and therefore, an independent inquiry is absolutely necessary,” concluded Deputy Chambers.