Several of Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged victims are considering taking legal action against the Department of Health (DoH) and the BBC, a lawyer has told ITV News.
Liz Dux, who is acting for the alleged victims said such action could be taken on the grounds of "vicarious liability".
Earlier the DoH announced it is to investigate how the late broadcaster was appointed to lead a "taskforce" at Broadmoor, one of the hospitals where the celebrity allegedly abused patients.
Sir Jimmy was appointed to the position while Ken Clarke was Health Secretary in 1988.
ITV News' Damon Green reports:
Mr Clarke, currently a Cabinet minister without portfolio, said:
A spokeswoman for Mr Clarke said that as he only became Health Secretary in July 1988, Sir Jimmy's appointment to the role at Broadmoor may have been instigated by someone else.
In a statement, the DoH said:
The DoH is the latest organisation to become embroiled in a scandal since ITV1's "Exposure" screened a documentary in which five women alleged they had been abused by Sir Jimmy.
Scotland Yard said it had revised its estimate of the number of likely victims to be about 60.
So far 12 allegations of sexual offences have been officially recorded but this number is increasing, police said.
Metropolitan Police detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the former DJ continues to rise.
The BBC was also sucked into the scandal after it emerged that "Newsnight" abandoned an investigation into Savile and the organisation come under fire with allegations that staff were aware of the "Jim'll Fix It" presenter's behaviour and failed to take action.
The ITV documentary on Sir Jimmy also included allegations that he targeted young hospital patients at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire and Leeds General Infirmary.
ITV News speaks to braodcaster Esther Rantzen about the Savile abuse claims:
Childline founder Esther Rantzen was dragged into the controversy today when The Sun newspaper claimed she had been told of rumours about the abuse 18 years ago by campaigner Shy Keenan.
But the veteran broadcaster said she could not recall a conversation with Ms Keenan and that, while she heard rumours about Sir Jimmy's behaviour, she never heard or saw any evidence, and would have acted upon it if she had.
Ms Rantzen said:
Last night, BBC director-general George Entwistle offered a "profound and heartfelt apology" to the alleged victims of Sir Jimmy as he announced that two inquiries would be launched.
One will look into whether there were any failings over the handling of an abandoned "Newsnight" investigation.
A second independent inquiry will look into the "culture and practices of the BBC during the years Jimmy Savile worked here", Mr Entwistle said.
Speaking at a press conference at New Broadcasting House in central London yesterday, Mr Entwistle said: