More hospitals in Savile inquiry

A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today, including several London hospitals.

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Hunt expects Savile investigation results 'by June 2014'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt expects the results of investigations into hospitals' links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile will be delivered by June 2014.

Jimmy Savile pictured in 2009.
Jimmy Savile pictured in 2009. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mr Hunt said in a written statement to Parliament that 19 more hospitals will be investigated by their relevant health trusts, but stressed that each investigation will be properly monitored.

The number of hospitals now being investigated totals 32.

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Barnet Hospital to be investigated in Savile review

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust has said it will investigate one of its hospitals "thoroughly" after it was named with alleged links to disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

A spokesperson said:

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names Barnet Hospital, for investigation. We will investigate this evidence thoroughly and ensure as appropriate that any lessons are learnt for the future.

Queen Mary's children hospital named in Savile inquiry

Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Sutton, has been named as one of the hospitals to be investigated by the Department of Health, over alleged links with disgrace television presenter Jimmy Savile.

A spokesperson said: "Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children (previously situated at Carshalton Beeches) for investigation.

"We will investigate this evidence thoroughly."

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Savile victims 'will be very upset' about inquiry delays

A lawyer specialising in abuse at the firm representing the 72 victims of Jimmy Savile said there were concerns that inquiries into other hospitals had only just started.

Liz Dux said all of the victims represented by Slater & Gordon had given detailed statements to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into sexual abuse sparked by the Savile scandal.

Disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile pictured in February 1999.
Disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile pictured in February 1999. Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Wire

Ms Dux said: "Whilst the victims of Savile would wish to ensure that the NHS inquiry is as comprehensive as possible, they have real concerns as to why the Department of Health has only just started its investigations into other hospitals now.

"The victims will be very upset about further delays into the NHS inquiry which will prolong their suffering."

Leavesden secure facility in Savile investigation

A psychiatric hospital has been named by the Health Secretary today as part of one of the NHS Trusts allegedly linked with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said:

We can confirm we have been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Leavesden Secure Mental Hospital, for investigation.

Leavesden Hospital was run by one of our predecessor organisations and closed in 1995 but we will investigate the information we have received thoroughly and ensure that any appropriate actions are taken.

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Royal Free Trust 'to learn Savile lessons if appropriate'

One of the hospitals to be investigated over alleged links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile has said it will learn any lesson in the future, after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced more were to be reviewed.

A spokeswoman for Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust said:

We have been given information from the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which we will now thoroughly investigate. We will ensure that, if appropriate, any lessons are learnt for the future.

Royal Marsden: 'No evidence to support Savile claim'

A further 19 hospitals, including seven in and around London, are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.

A spokesman for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust responded, saying:

We have been passed information from 28 years ago by the Department of Health about Jimmy Saville. We have already carried out an initial investigation and we cannot find any evidence to date to support this information, or that Jimmy Saville has ever visited our hospital.

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