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The doctor, matron, and master of the Waimate hospital have quarrelled, and charges and counter-charges of a serious nature have been piade public. The Hospital Trustees determined to investigate these charges, the being that the doctor’s resignation is recommended for acceptance when sent in. The evidence disclosed a state of affairs truly horrible as regarded the treatment and care of patients in the institution. The following charge was made by the doctor against the master “I charge the master, who had the care of' a man named Wilde, suffering from typhoid fever, that he neglected him. Wilde was {ittaoked by hemorrhage from the bowels, Mr Chapman was called up at 4 a.m,, and; did not get up till after ,6 a.m. The man either fell out of bed, or got out and fell.. He died very shortly after, I was not sent for until after death.—(Signed.) George. Stacpoole,” The evidence goes to show that this man was thoroughly neglected, and' that the shirt worn by him on entering the hospital was not changed up to the time of' his death, although covered with blood up to the shoulders. Charges were also made that patients were ppt properly fed, and were badly poulticed; that the master was in the habit of going into _ the female j ward, at one time going in there in, his nightshirt, and that he invariably! went in without knocking at the door. l The Trustees abruptly closed the inquiry' at this stage, and the following resolutions were moved“ That, after due in- 1 vestigation in regard to the working of the Waimate Hospital, this Committee are : of opinion that the master and matron are : wholly free from blame in regard to thel charges made against them, and therefore l recommend the Trustees to continue their' services.” “ That, as it is understood from* the chairman that Dr Stacpoole intends to 1 send in his resignation before next meeting, of the Trustees, no action be taken with regard to him ; but that although the grave charge made by the doctor against Mr Chapman re Wilde is not proved, nevertheless the Committee consider that the master has shown great insubordination to his l superior officer, and he is unfit for the position of master.”

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A HOSPITAL SCANDAL., Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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A HOSPITAL SCANDAL. Evening Star, Issue 7955, 10 July 1889