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Inquiry: Savile's Broadmoor role

An inquiry is being launched into a government decision in the 1980s to appoint Jimmy Savile as a head of a 'task force" overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital.

Inquiry into Jimmy Savile's role at Broadmoor in 1980s

Jimmy Savile in his office Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

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.

Broadmoor in the 1980s Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

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