HC Deb 26 March 1885 vol 296 cc653-4

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether there would be any objection to obtain a Return from the clerks and medical officers of the various Poor Law Unions in Ireland, stating, firstly, what provision exists in their respective Unions for night nursing; secondly, what is the character of such provision, where made, whether by paid nurses of reputable character, or by able-bodied female paupers; and, thirdly, whether the various medical officers are satisfied with the existing provision?


The Local Government Board see no necessity for any such general Return as that referred to. If the hon. Member is aware of any Union workhouse in which he considers the system of night nursing is defective, the Board will at once make inquiry; but it must be borne in mind that it is the duty of the medical officer of the Union to report to the Board of Guardians if he thinks the poor suffer from want of efficient nursing.


I beg to give Notice that, inasmuch as my information goes to prove that some lives have been lost in Unions owing to defective nursing, I will put a further Question on the subject.