§ DR. TANNER (Cork, Mid)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the blind man, named James Madden, who was recently deprived of out-door relief, was, when formerly in the workhouse, granted a pass every second day to visit Dr. Sandford, an ophthalmic specialist in Cork; whether the treatment was successful, and whether Madden is now granted the same opportunity; and whether the Vice Guardians had received any medical expression of opinion on Madden's case prior to depriving him, his wife, and six children of their allowance of six shillings a week?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Vice Guardians have no information as to the extern medical aid Madden may have sought when a former inmate of the workhouse. Any inmate can obtain a pass for the purpose of visiting a medical specialist. Madden has not re-entered the workhouse. The Vice Guardians' action in ordering that Madden should be admitted into the workhouse, with a view to his receiving treatment in the hospital, was supported by a medical certificate to the effect that he would be better there than at home.
§ DR. TANNER
Is it not the fact that this man was sent to a specialist by the order of the Guardians, and was advised to enter the workhouse so that he might receive medical treatment there?
§ DR. TANNER
Was he not sent to Dr. Sandford by the order of the Board of Guardians on the recommendation of the medical staff?