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Medical Council Statement - Inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar

The Medical Council would like to offer its sincere condolences to Praveen Halappanavar and to the family of the late Savita Halappanavar.

The Medical Council will give detailed consideration to the recommendations of the Coroner and to any other relevant issues that have arisen during the inquest.

The Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics is a principle based document. It is designed to support doctors  in their decision making  in association with other guidelines produced by professional bodies and employers. Its guidance in relation to abortion reflects the current legal position.  

In its presentation to the Joint Committee on Health and Children, the Council made clear its view that it is in the public interest that doctors have legal clarity when making clinical decisions.  The Council will support the Government's processes for the development of legislation and regulations, and the Medical Council’s guidelines would be reconsidered to reflect any change to the legal position. 


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