Victims of abuse at Aston Hall criticise Government’s compensation deal

Around 120 individuals have now come forward stating they were abused by Dr Kenneth Milner in the 1960s and 70s.

Dr Milner worked as the medical superintendent at Aston Hall psychiatric hospital in Derbyshire. The hospital treated children with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Aston Hall would also accommodate children in the care system for long-term treatment and weekend care from around 50 local authorities in the UK.

During Dr Milner’s time as medical superintendent he is accused of stripping children naked, putting them in straitjackets and injecting them with ‘truth serum’ (sodium amytal) as part of the ‘narco-analysis’ method. It is alleged he would then go on to sexually assault his patients when they were in a semi-conscious and immobile state.

Dr Milner said he was injecting them with sodium amytal so they could recall and disclose thoughts they would normally conceal in order for him to treat their issues.

Dr Milner passed away in 1975 before charges could be brought however Derbyshire Police said if he was alive there would be sufficient evidence to interview him in relation to the offences; 14 of which were rape.

The Department of Health has now set up a scheme to compensate victims of Dr Milner after recognising the form of treatment and drug should have never been used on children, however this has been criticised by Dr Milner’s victims.

One victim states that although the scheme agrees to compensate victims for the wrongful drug treatment they received, it does not acknowledge or compensate for the sexual abuse suffered.

The compensation awarded is:

  • £8,000 if an individual had at least one treatment of sodium amytal
  • £2,500 for each further treatment in between two and five treatments
  • £1,500 for each further treatment between six and 15 treatments and
  • £1,000 for every treatment after 15 up to a maximum of £50,000.

Some victims describe the compensation as an insult and that it does not recognise that they were sexually abused.

Some refer to still suffering as a consequence of the sexual abuse, linking conditions such as PTSD to the abuse.


Nicola Aspinwall, Associate Solicitor, BLM

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