Savile raped and assaulted 60 people at one hospital - new report
MANY British NHS volunteer programmes still pose a "potential risk to patients", the author of a report into decades of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at 41 NHS hospitals has said.
"Our investigations suggest that most NHS organisations still do not have adequately explicit and robust processes for managing their relationships with celebrities," Kate Lampard told a London press conference as she set out a number of recommendations.
She spoke after a separate report was released into how the depraved entertainer abused at least 60 people connected with Stoke Mandeville Hospital - a third of them patients and 10 of them under the age of 12.
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Dr Androulla Johnstone, the lead author into that report, said senior staff there knew Savile was a "sex pest" but none "claim to have known" anything more.
Nine informal complaints were made about the entertainer at the Buckinghamshire hospital, but none was taken seriously or referred to senior management, her report revealed.
Dr Johnstone told a London press conference: "The individuals to whom these incidents were reported failed in their duty to protect.
"Consequentially, no intelligence about Savile's behaviour was gathered over the years and no action was taken."
She described Savile as an "opportunistic predator who on occasion could also show a high degree of premeditation" when planning attacks on his victims.
"Whilst witnesses told us it was an open secret within the hospital that Savile was a lecher and general nuisance, none stated that they knew about his sexual abuse activities."
Lawyer Liz Dux, who represents 44 of the Stoke Mandeville victims, said it "beggars belief" that the report found no evidence of senior staff being aware of the abuse.