HC Deb 24 May 1886 vol 305 cc1827-8
MR. BIGGAR (Cavan, W.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a man named Delahunt was admitted to the Edenderry Infirmary, and left nine hours without medical attendance, though known to be in a critical condition; whether the said Delahunt died sixteen hours after admission; whether the medical officer was absent on this and several other occasions without the per- mission of the Board of Guardians; and, whether he will direct the Local Government Board to institute a sworn inquiry into the conduct of the said medical officer?


It appears that Delahunt was admitted to the workhouse at 1 o'clock on Sunday, April 11, and the doctor was sent for, but was unable to attend, as he had received a sick call and did not return until 7 in the evening. He then visited the patient, who died at 4 o'clock on the following morning. The police did not see any necessity for an inquest. The Local Government Board are not aware that this medical officer is in the habit of absenting himself without notice. The case does not appear to the Local Government Board to call for further inquiry.