The Public Hospital's population exceeds 300. The hospital is also used for housing developmentally disabled people and unwanted, physically handicapped children along with psychiatric patients. Overcrowding complaints are made.
History of RPNs in BC: 1850 - 1899
The Hospitals for the Insane Act is passed, B.C.'s first legislature enabling commitment to a facility. The Act stipulates that two medical certificates are required for commitment. The New Westminster Provincial Asylum is renamed the Public Hospital for the Insane (PHI).
The Female Infirmary, located in a one storey building on Pandosy Avenue in Victoria, opens and includes some occupants known as "lunatics". here is no formal treatment or care for these women and they are left to fend for themselves. If they become troublesome or are deemed dangerous, they are locked in city jails either in Victoria or New Westminster.
British Columbia records the first case of insanity following an assault of a jail doctor. The assailant, a Scottish immigrant referred to as the "maniac", is sent back to Scotland on the next ship.