The row rumbled on for a month, with the Committee’s explanations, Eves’ rebuttals and many opinions expressed publicly, including those of Eves’ father. Public opinion tended to side with Mr Eves. The newspaper Mona’s Herald also spoke out in his support, while the Manx Sun refused to take sides. The issue even got a mention in the British medical Journal The Lancet.
The incident was embarrassing for the hospital. It created a lot of public debate and raised wider questions about how decisions were made about the running of a medical institution.
Mr Eves was still living on island according to the 1861 census, but had moved back to Gloucestershire by 1871. He died in 1892.