HC Deb 27 June 1872 vol 212 cc283-4

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been directed to the conviction of Charles Hammond and William Bailey, two of the attendants of the lunatic wards of the Royal Military Hospital, Dublin, of the manslaughter of a patient under shocking circumstances; and, whether, having regard to the opinion of the Jury, that too much is left to the charge of subordinates, he will arrange for an inquiry to be made by the Commissioners of Lunacy into the management of the Hospital?


The attention of the authorities has been drawn to this unhappy case, which occurred in the lunatic ward of the Military Hospital at Dublin. The two staff surgeons in immediate charge of the hospital and of the lunatic ward, and the non-commissioned officers concerned, will be removed, and His Royal Highness the Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief has called upon the General Officer Commanding in Ireland to place the establishment on a better footing in respect of supervision and discipline. The ward is a place of observation for a short time, and confirmed lunatics are removed. The re- medy, therefore, which the Question suggests is not the one suited to the case.