Britain has an obligation to prevent the abuse that occurred at the hands of Jimmy Savile ever happening again, a leading investigator has said.
The chairwoman of the independent investigation into Leeds General Infirmary, Dr Sue Proctor, said:
Before saying anything about our findings, I want to commend the courage of those former patients, staff and visitors to Leeds General Infirmary who experienced abusive or inappropriate encounters with Savile.
Because they came forward voluntarily and told us what happened to them, the NHS in Leeds and across the country now has an opportunity and an obligation to learn from their accounts and make sure that what happened in Leeds at the hands of Savile can never happen again.
The NHS is in their debt and I am truly grateful to each of them.
For some, although the abuse took place decades ago, their experience endures as a painful and upsetting memory that still has an effect on them today.
Jimmy Savile's victims at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) ranged from five-years-old to pensioners and included men, women, boys and girls.Read the full story ›
Findings into Jimmy Savile's abuse at Leeds General Infirmary found:
- The independent investigators interviewed more than 200 people and reviewed over 1,300 documents over Savile's 50-year association with LGI
- The first case of abuse occurred in 1962 when Savile was 36 with the most recent in 2009 when he was 82
- He abused at least 60 people at the hospital including at least 33 patients
- Savile's victims ranged from five to 75 years of age
- 19 of those who came forward were under 16 with the majority of his victims teenagers
- 19 victims were female hospital staff
- Three cases of rape were reported
- 43 of the encounters took place in public areas such as wards, corridors and offices
Jimmy Savile's victims at Leeds General Infirmary ranged from five-years-old to pensioners, with men, women, boys and girls.
Twenty-eight NHS hospitals have today published the findings of their investigations into the disgraced entertainer.
The presenter enjoyed unrestricted access to LGI where made abusive and inappropriate contact with patients and staff through his fundraising work, a report into Savile's abuse in NHS premises found.
Staff were told about some of the incidents but no allegations reached senior managers, investigators found.
Incidents ranged from lewd remarks and inappropriate touching to sexual assault and rape, with many encounters taking place in public areas.
A report by Broadmoor Hospital into the sexual abuse of patients by late entertainer Jimmy Savile has confirmed 11 allegations were made against the disgraced TV star.
The allegations involved three minors, six patients and two staff at the hospital.
Nine of the victims were female and two were male, the hospital said, and all had been sexually abused by Savile.
Two patients were subjected to "repeated assaults," Broadmoor confirmed.
A further five incidents at the hospital were reported to Operation Yewtree, but the identities of the alleged victims were unknown and could not be traced.
Accounts of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at NHS hospitals will be published in a series of reports today.
Allegations that the television presenter abused victims were broadcast in Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile on ITV in October 2012 - a year after Savile died aged 84.
The documentary led to more victims coming forward, giving accounts of how they were assaulted by the disgraced former host of Top Of The Pops at NHS premises including within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals area and Broadmoor Hospital.
Kate Lampard QC, who was appointed to oversee the individual hospital investigations, will present the findings alongside investigators and chief executives of NHS trusts at a press conference in London this morning.
A report into Savile's abuse at the BBC has been delayed until later in the year.
Victims of the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile hope today's reports into accounts of sexual abuse at NHS hospitals will tell them "who knew" and "for how long", a lawyer representing some of them told Good Morning Britain.
Liz Dux, who is representing 176 Savile abuse victims, said they wanted to know why the radio DJ was given "carte blanche access", was allowed to call himself a doctor and "be allowed into wards at bath time".
Speaking to the Evening Standard, one mother said:
My son came home from school with the script and said ‘Mummy, should I be singing about Jimmy Savile? I said ‘what?’.
I think it is completely disgusting - I do not want him to be a part of it.
The school bought the script from a production company which adapts plays for primary schools but not one of his teachers picked up on it.
A school in east London has recalled scripts for its end-of-year play after finding out that one of the characters was based on Jimmy Savile. The mistake at Scargill School in Rainham emerged when pupils took scripts home for 'Lights, Camera, Action!'.
One of the key characters in the musical was a caretaker called Jim Fixit. According the Evening Standard, the character reads letters from children, such as “Dear Jim, could you please find time to retrieve my sixteen footballs from the roof of the school hall.”
A song also included the lyrics, "He’s a real superhero, bet he’d look really good in tights."
At least 500 victims as young as two were abused by television presenter Jimmy Savile, new research shows.Read the full story ›