Tuesday 10 December 2019

12 hospitals to investigate new Savile abuse claims

Jimmy Savile died aged 84 in October - year before allegations that he had serially secually abused children came to light ( Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
Jimmy Savile died aged 84 in October - year before allegations that he had serially secually abused children came to light ( Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
From left to right, Baroness Soames, Jimmy Savile (1926 - 2011) and Prime Minister James Callaghan (1912 - 2005) at the launch of the Year of the Child at the Old Vic theatre in London, January 1979 (Photo by Douglas Doig/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Photo of Jimmy Savile from 1972 as a total of 12 NHS trusts have been contacted over fresh investigations that have emerged since June into alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises, the Department of Health has said in a written statement (PA Wire)

Jamie Grierson

Fresh abuse allegations against disgraced BBC presenter Jimmy Savile have been made in relation to 12 different hospitals.

The British NHS Legacy Unit, which provides oversight of hospital investigations into alleged abuse by Savile on health premises, has passed on information from victims and the Metropolitan Police to the trusts, which cover nine hospitals and health services which have not featured in earlier inquiries.

The fresh claims have emerged since 28 investigation reports into Savile's activities in NHS premises were published in June, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a written statement.

Outstanding investigation reports, including an investigation into Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, have been delayed until later in the year at the request of prosecutors, he said.

There will also be a delay to the publication of investigations into alleged abuse by Savile in children's homes and schools, which are overseen by the Department for Education, Mr Hunt added.

Findings in the NHS investigation reports published in June said Savile committed "truly awful'' abuse against patients at hospitals and even boasted about having sex with corpses.

One victim, Caroline Moore (55), says she was attacked by Savile at Stoke Mandeville when she was 13 while recovering from spinal fusion treatment. She said: "What I want - what the victims want - is to find out the truth. What I find horrific is that people who worked at these organisations knew what was going on - and did nothing about it. So if the new investigations achieve that, then I welcome them.

"I hope that the reports bring some people to task. We deserve redress and we deserve to know how this could have ever happened. Those people who should have done something but didn't should hold their hands up.

"I came forward when I heard about the claims against Jimmy Savile but before any claims had been made about what he did in any hospitals. I remember a few years before he died watching a documentary about him and growing more and more angry about the figure he was being portrayed as - a decent man."

Branded as an "opportunistic sexual predator'' by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to "exploit and abuse'' patients and staff.

Among the most disturbing findings were claims the now-dead TV and radio presenter performed sex acts on dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and at least one other hospital.

Savile, a BBC Radio 1 DJ who also presented 'Top Of The Pops' and 'Jim'll Fix It', died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before allegations that he had serially sexually abused children came to light.

Irish Independent

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