HC Deb 14 March 1902 vol 105 cc46-7
MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fatal burning accident to a child named Edith Ferne, of Upper Dominick Street, Dublin, and to the fact that medical aid and admission are alleged by the parents to have been refused by the medical residents of the Richmond Hospital, Dublin; whether, seeing that this hospital is in receipt of an annual grant from the Government, he will take such steps as will secure medical aid by the hospital authorities for such cases in future; and whether he will order an inquiry into all the circumstances attending the death of Edith Ferne and the alleged refusal of the authorities of the hospital to give medical aid when called upon to do so.


The Government has no official cognisance of the facts alleged in the first part of the Question, nor does it rest with me to direct an investigation, as suggested. I have, however, referred the matter to the Board of Governors, who have kindly undertaken to investigate the charges against the House Surgeon at a special meeting to be held by them today.