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is I it the 80 the per the ; the D UN GAR FAN COP. HESP ONDENCE. INVESTIGATION AT DUNGARVAN WORKHOUSE On Wednesday, the 30th inst., V. P. O'Brien, Esq., poor law inspector, accompanied by Dr. Parcell, medical inspector, held An inquiry in reference to tho return of the average weekly nuuilier in hospital, the number of deaths, and the qoautity of extras consumed by tho patients duiiug the periods of three years, ended Sept. 1st., 1881. The following guardians were present : Messrs. Francis Kennedy, .1.1'., Henry A. Fitz-ierald, J.P., Michael A. Anthony, D.V.C., Richard G. Hudson, O'Brien, Dower, Walsh, and Jl'C'ann. Mr. O'Brien read the resolution proposed by Mr. Hudson, and seconded by Mr. M'Cami, calliug on the commissioners to order the present enquiry, and stated that he wrote to the clerks of the Lismore and Youghal unions for a return of the average number of patients in the infirmary and fever hospital in 1850, '60, and '61, and average cost in each. Mr. O'Brieu fully entered into the several items of the report, and compared them with medical officer's prescription book as to tbe number of patients io the respective years referred to, with the quantity and description of extras allowed or ordered. He occupied nearly four hours in calling over the names of the patients who received those extras. Mr. O'Brien to the medical o!5cer Did you give wine, porter, spirits, tea, &e., in all cases where you considered there was a necessity ? Medical officer said he did, and never gave a single extra but where he considered there was a necessity, and had no further explanation to give. A few other questions were put to the medical officer which he fully answered, and then Mary Hourigan, hospital nurse, was sworn and examined so as to ascertain from her were these extras ordered by the medical officer given to the pptients in hospital ? She stated that they were. Mr. O'Brien asked her did she abvays refer to the medical officer's prescription book ? Mrs. Hourigan said she did. Mr. Anthony: Have you chanre of that hook ? Mrs. Hourigan said not. Mr. O'Brien: How do you ascertain that the assistant-nurses discharge their respective duties? Mrs. Honrigan said that she abvays asked the patients did they get so and so, to which they replied yes, on all occasions. Mr. O'Brien : Do the assistant-nurses depend on their memory as to your directions to them ? Mrs. Hourigan said yes ; she always told the name of the patient, and what he was to get. Matthew Shine (master) deposed that he was master of the Dungarvan workhouse since October 1800 ; issued all extras as ordered by the medical officer for the patients ; he visited the hospital daily, and took steps to ascertain whether they got the extras so ordered hv asking tbein. and always found him put the what did to the your sir, in my this what kept my you anything Why drunkenness such you my you with September any

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  1. The Waterford News,
  2. 08 Nov 1861, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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