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Net widens to more trusts in investigation into Savile abuse

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The investigation into historic abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises has widened its net to cover more health service organisations and fresh allegations, it has been announced.  

Further allegations are to be investigated at 12 hospital trusts, according to a statement made yesterday by Jeremy Hunt.

The new allegations relating to the trusts have emerged since the NHS Savile Legacy Unit was set up, said the health secretary.

Three of the 12 trusts were already being looked at by the unit, but nine are new to the investigation.  

An initial 28 investigation reports into the activities of Jimmy Savile on NHS premises were published on 26 June. Two bigger investigations were carried out at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Broadmoor Hospital, where abuse was found to be widespread.

Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile

However, several outstanding reports, including one dealing with Stoke Mandeville where much of the abuse is also believed to have occurred, will be published early next year.

In a statement to the Commons, Mr Hunt said: “We expected the remaining NHS investigation reports, including that relating to Stoke Mandeville, would be published later in the year.

“I wish to advise the House that there will be a delay in the publication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports. We now hope trusts will publish their reports in January 2015, alongside Kate Lampard’s lessons learnt report,” the health secretary said.

The remaining investigations reports that were not completed in June and are still to be published are:

HospitalRelevant Trust
Stoke Mandeville HospitalBuckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Rampton HospitalNottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Springfield HospitalSouth West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
Crawley HospitalCrawley Hospital


Meanwhile, information provided to the NHS Savile Legacy Unit by victims has been passed on to the following 12 trusts:

Relevant TrustTrust
Leeds General InfirmaryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Stoke Mandeville HospitalBuckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Birch Hill Hospital RochdalePennine Acute NHS Trust
Scott House Hospital RochdaleCalderstones NHS Foundation Trust
Bethlem Royal HospitalSouth London and the Maudsley NHS Trust
Shenley HospitalShenley Hospital
West Yorkshire Ambulance ServiceYorkshire Ambulance Service
St Martins Hospital CanterburyKent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital GatesheadGateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Victoria InfirmaryNewcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
Meanwood Park HospitalLeeds and York Partnerships Foundation Trust
Calderdale Royal HospitalCalderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust



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  • Jimmy Saville is the big figure in all of this, but I feel uncomfortable when I see TV programmes with cameras, chaplains, TV-tech men, etc on wards. One figure being so prominent is breathtaking in its grossness. However, do not think that one, centralised power is the only way. With all the people who come into hospitals on 'official' duty, this is decentralised peopling of wards, and can be just a problematic, but with no central figure to eventually track down.

    When I was training in 2007, the furthest bay away from the desk had all men in and one woman in her late 80s. In order to give her privacy, her curtains were pulled around her. This was a temporary measure while the bays were being re-gendered. No-one passed there, as it was at the end of the corridor. There were two entrances into the ward, both went either side of the sluice & dispensary. The sluice was not locked; the dispensary had the main door wedged open. It would be perfectly possible to enter the main door, slip through the dispensary into the secondary entrance, then up to the end ward. This would by-pass the front desk, staff room and sister's office. With single-rooms, this is a worry as there is no witness to the way patient's are spoken to, and many older people do not like single rooms.

    Perhaps wards should be arranged like a spider, with the desk in the middle, and bays out from that. I think cameras are inevitable - they are everywhere else. Saville is the big cheese that leads everywhere else. It's the small cheeses that are so hard to find unless linked to a big cheese. What if this enquiry was the other way around? Looking for millions of little cheeses that eventually led to one figure. That will be what is still going on - don't forget to think and plan for that. The millions that are working, visiting, mingling, etc.

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