The government is to launch an inquiry into its own decision to appoint Jimmy Savile as a head of a 'task force" overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital in the 1980s.
Allegations emerged this week that Savile had abused patients at the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire after being given free access to the wards.
He was a volunteer there for four decades, had his own set of keys and in 1988 was appointed to help oversee the running of the hospital, something the Department of Health now says should never have happened.
A high security hospital in Berkshire that houses some of the country's most dangerous criminals has been branded ‘not fit for purpose’ and facilities are being upgraded for patients and staff. The Department of Health is to invest £298 million in the Victorian site at Broadmoor Hospital.
Facilities at the hospital, which treats patients with some of the most challenging cases of psychiatric and mental health problems in the country, will be improved "to make sure that patients have access to the right treatment in a secure and safe environment"
The investment of £298 million follows the Commission for Health Improvement report in 2003, which concluded that “the accommodation at Broadmoor Hospital is no longer fit for the delivery of modern mental health services”.