Police Investigate Historic Abuse Claims Against Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Hospital

Mail Online are reporting on Operation Hydrant, a police investigation into 58 allegations of abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, who was the superintendent of Aston Hall Children’s Hospital from 1947 to 1975, and also into associated practices at the hospital. Former patients are alleging inappropriate use of drugs, sexual assault and detention in padded cells. Milner died in 1976.

I’m waiting then. Dr T. Gwynne Williams died in 1986 – can we now uncover the truth about the lobotomies, as opposed to the rubbish that Dr David Crossley has published regarding ‘the history of psychosurgery at the North Wales Hospital’, whilst Crossley worked there himself. Questions that need to be answered include:

How many people did Williams actually lobotomise? What exactly was so problematic about their behaviour that this was deemed necessary and who was reporting on the alleged problematic behaviour? How many people did he manage to kill whilst lobotomising them? What happened to their bodies? When did the lobotomies actually stop?

Can I remind everyone that although Williams is dead, Dr Dafydd Alun Jones is still alive – but he won’t be for much longer, he is well into his eighties. And there’s enough allegations about him on this blog alone to warrant a life sentence if he was put on trial and found guilty, so perhaps someone could give the police a prod to hurry up and investigate him and Dr Peter Higson for the serious wrongdoing that they were undoubtedly involved in before the North Wales Hospital closed it’s doors. Obvious questions to be answered are:

How many people – apart from Mary Wynch and me – were illegally imprisoned there? Who was the young lady whom I blogged about in my post ‘The Distressed Young Woman Who Vanished’? Who were the men that sexually assaulted her? Who was the doctor who abducted her and imprisoned her in the ‘attic’ that she described? Where did she disappear to within hours of telling me this? Where exactly was ‘downstairs’, the place that patients feared so much, what went on ‘downstairs’ and has anyone conducted a search of the North Wales Hospital to have a look to see if anything interesting is still ‘downstairs’? What happened to the patients whom a psychiatrist in Ysbyty Gwynedd told me had been ‘hidden away’ in the North Wales Hospital by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones when it closed down?

Just a note to the North Wales Police – can you start this investigation as soon as possible please? Not only is Dafydd in danger of dying imminently, but former patients of Denbigh have died at a rate that rivals the people who made complaint about the paedophile ring that was known to be operating in the north Wales children’s homes. You know, the paedophile ring that was concealed by Lucille Hughes, Dafydd’s former mistress….

Author: Sally Baker

I am a writer and a sociologist, originally from Somerset, but I've been based in Wales for most of my life. I had my first encounter with a mental health professional in 1984 at the age of 21. My GP described this man to my then partner - who also became a sociologist - as someone who had experienced 'considerable success'. My meeting with this psychiatrist was a disaster and we attempted to complain about his insensitivity and highly inappropriate behaviour. That was the first time we were threatened and pressurised to withdraw a complaint against a mental health professional. This man is long dead - he was a retired psychiatrist from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, T. Gwynne Williams, who was working shifts in the student health centre at University College of North Wales (now Bangor University). We discovered years later that this 'successful man' was notorious - he had been an enthusiastic lobotomist...

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