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Savile's estate to cover £40m compensation claims

£40 million from Jimmy Savile's estate and his charities will be put into a fund for compensation claims made by the entertainer's victims, the health secretary has announced.

Jimmy Savile's remaining £40 million estate will be used to cover compensation claims. Credit: PA

Speaking in the House of Commons, Jeremy Hunt said: "The value in the estate and in his charities is still £40 million, remaining under management in his charities.

He said all of this would be made available, while any extra money required would be covered by the government.

"I can confirm that any counselling the victims need will be made available to them by the NHS," he added.

Hunt promises 'swift' NHS action after Savile report

Jeremy Hunt says he will ensure "swift action" is taken in the NHS to prevent future abuses of patients akin to those carried out by Jimmy Savile.

The Health Secretary said he accepted in principal recommendations of Kate Lampard's report into the lessons learned by the Savile case.

Those included new rules on access, volunteering, safeguarding patients, dealing with complaints and governance.

He said NHS Trusts should develop policies on dealing with celebrity visitors, as was also recommended in the report.

However, he said he would not accept the recommendation that all volunteers should be made to go through enhanced checks, saying the report stated that this "may not in itself have stopped Savile".

Hunt apologises for NHS 'failings' over Savile abuse

Jeremy Hunt speaking to the House of Commons.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised on behalf of the government to victims of Jimmy Savile for the "clear failings" in the NHS that allowed abuse to go "unchecked".

"On behalf of the government, I apologised to them last June and today I repeat that apology.

"What happened was horrific, caused immeasurable and often permanent damage and betrayed vulnerable people who trusted us to keep them safe. We let them down."


Report: NHS should keep closer checks on visitors

Savile was able to escape unpunished despite years of abuse. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

NHS organisations must keep a closer check on famous volunteers and visitors for signs of grooming and sexual abuse, a report into the lessons learned from Jimmy Savile's abuse in hospitals has found.

"Our investigations disclosed that many NHS volunteer programmes are not managed and overseen at a senior level, and do not have the management resources they need," report author Kate Lampard said.

She added that her investigation suggested most NHS organisations still do not have "adequately explicit and robust processes for managing their relationships with celebrities, important visitors, fundraisers and donors.

The report called for a "robust policy for agreeing to and managing" these visits, and said this must be applied to all such visitors, whoever they may be".

Lampard said the "clear message" taken from the investigations was that preventing similar abuses in future "rests above all on training and retraining staff on how to create a safe environment and to identify and act upon signs of risk".

Savile's abuse campaign 'could have been stopped'

A report into Savile's abuse at Stoke Mandeville hospital has been published today. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Jimmy Savile's decades of sexual abuse across the country could have been brought to a halt if a formal complaint had been properly dealt with, the author of a report into his behaviour at Stoke Mandeville hospital has said.

Dr Androulla Johnstone told a press conference that had the complaint, which was later dropped, been "managed properly", the entertainer "would probably have been apprehended at that point".

She added that the officials made aware of Savile's abuse had "failed in their duty to protect".

Dr Johnstone said around a third of his attacks were made against patients, 10 of whom were under the age of 12. They ranged from inappropriate touching to rape.

Savile brother 'sexually abused women at a hospital'

Jimmy Savile's brother was likely also a serial sex abuser at a London hospital, a report today has claimed.

Johnny Savile, the entertainer's older brother who died in 1998, was accused of molesting and possibly raping women at Springfield Hospital in south London, the report said.

The claims were made between five women between 1978 and 1980, and related to his time as a recreation officer at the hospital in the 1970s - with the last two culminating with him being sacked for gross misconduct of a sexual nature in 1980

The allegations were uncovered by officers involved in Operation Yewtree.

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