|Illustrated by Cate James|
What various parties in the dispute had to say, paraphrased by Linda Cracknell
The men all thought Matron was fine, but the nurses didn't like her and she drank all the wine.
Number of patients
From the Constitution February 1860:
'...the matron shall be without encumbrance and at the time of her appointment between the ages of 30 and 45 ... she shall keep a book containing a daily account of all wines, spirits and porter ordered for and distributed to the patients, and of all other articles received and consumed in the hospital.'
From the Directors' Minutes Jan 1880 ‘…the investigations found no evidence to compromise the moral character of the matron but she has to some extent failed to exercise sufficient personal superintendence of the wards and nurses and is deficient in attention and consideration to visitors and ladies connected with the hospital. Her failings were somewhat exaggerated. Her continuation is not likely to further the interests of the hospital and it is desirable she should resign. Some resignations are made by male board members who feel she has been ill-used.
Feb 1880: Mrs Snowden is ‘confined to bed by indisposition'. Resignation accepted with a gratuity of six months salary.