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COSTLEY HOME MANAGEMENT.

THE RECENT INQUIRY. Further discussion with regard to the scent inquiry by the Hospital and haritable Aid Board into the manageient of tbe Costley Home, ensued at yessrday afternoon's meeting of the Board, a receipt of a letter from tbe manager £ the institution on the subject. Mr. Bannerman's letter to -the .Board 'as as follows:—"I-would like to-.draw tt-ention te,the fact that, afterali evience .had ybeen'taken, and upon which ,was7allowed7the.right..of '.;cross-exainina-ion,;i. .was, asked;- by" the ; Chairman' bf /tire ibardr'tOifXetirefrom the inquiry, and ras-not allowed to present any personal efence as to any" of the charges brought gainst mc; neither was I granted the irivilege of summing up as regards tbe ividenoe which was given during the aquiry. This as a privilege which lam till entitled to, and after receiving such >rivilege, I shall be pleased to receive .nd abide by any decision or resolution t which the Board may arrive." Mr. P. M. Mackay tbought tbe matter ihould be referred to "the InspectorJeneral, with a view to 7 asking whether ;here were sufficient grounds for a Belartmental inquiry. Then Mr. Bannernan might be satisfied as to whether ie had received justice or not. Mr. L. J. Bagnall xemarked that if dr. Bannerman, through the board's decision be would see that, it was jractically what he ■ (Mr. •Bannerroan) lad admitted. He had not, therefore, :>een called on to say. anything in his personal defence. The 'Board would only stultify itself by asking for a Departnental inquiry. Mr. Coyle expressed his opinion that ;he manager ought to have left matters is tbey were. He would ask Mr. Mackay, as a member of the Board, if he lid. not* consider Abat .the, manager haci had fait pla-ft? .. 7 ~' 7 .'. " '.' Mr.-Mackay stated that, as a member he certainly thought Mr. Bannenman hac been more than fairly treated. In fact he considered the Board had adminis tered "a homeopathic dose." The Chairman expressed hi-nself as exceedingly sorry to see this correspondence. He thought the Board had treated Mr! Bannerman even more than fairly. They bad given him every advantage, but it had been insinuated in tbe letter that he (the Chairman). had ordered j Mr. Bannerman out of the room without 1 a proper bearing. He bad thought there ■wias sufficient evidence without summing up. The Board would only be belittling itself by asking for such an inquiry, after having given Its decision. Mr. Mackay moved that the evidence .be submitted to the Inspector-General, |n order that Mr. Bannerman might have do cause to consider himself unjustly dealt with. . Mr. Coyle remarked that it was the place for Mr. Bannerman to apply for tbe inquiry if he so desired. Mr. Mackay withdrew his motion, on it being decided to receive the letter and to inform Mr.. Bannerman that the course open to him, if he were dissatisfied was to make application to the I Inspector-General of Hospitals; and also I tha* / the evidence would be submitted ito the - authorities. -.-. /.

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COSTLEY HOME MANAGEMENT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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