MR. ENGLEDEW (Kildare, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state the number of attendants, male and female, that have left the Carlow District Lunatic Asylum since 1st January, 1894, with the length of service in each case, and if the numbers prove excessive as compared for the same period with other Irish asylums; and whether he will, in the interest of the patients and the good management of the institution, direct an inquiry to be made into the cause or reason for so many servants and attendants leaving this institution?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND (Mr. GERALD W. BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
The number of attendants, male and female, who have left the Carlow Asylum since the 1st January, 1894, is 55, of whom 43 resigned, 6 were dismissed, and 6 were superannuated. Of the 49 attendants who resigned, 27 had less than one year's service, and the remaining 22 were employed for periods varying from one to eight years. The retirements in the case of male attendants do not seem to have been excessive when compared for the same period with other asylums, but the changes that have taken place in the female staff would appear to have been unusually frequent. I have asked the inspectors of lunatics, on the occasion of their next visit to the Carlow Asylum, to inquire and report whether there is any special reason for dissatisfaction on the part of the subordinate staff of this establishment.