Patients in hospitals remain at risk to 'predatory sex offenders' like Savile, report warns
Patients at NHS hospitals remain at risk due to inadequate checks on staff and volunteers and services should be "alert to predatory sexual offenders" like Jimmy Savile, investigators into his "wicked activities" said today.
Investigations into 41 hospitals, a children's home and a hospice found the free access he was given gave him the "opportunity to commit sexual abuses on a grand scale for nearly 50 years".
His status was "enhanced by the endorsement and encouragement he received from politicians, senior civil servants and NHS managers", the report's author Kate Lampard said.
A separate report released today into how the depraved entertainer abused at least 60 people connected with Stoke Mandeville Hospital found that nine informal complaints were made about the entertainer but none was taken seriously or referred to senior management.
Its lead author said Savile met then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1980 and she gave him an official fundraising appointment at the Buckinghamshire hospital, which placed him in a "position of authority and power".
This later gave him "access to a new cohort of victims for his sexual abuse", Dr Androulla Johnstone said.
Senior staff there knew Savile was a "sex pest" but none "claim to have known" anything more.
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."