Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said more hospitals may be involved in inquiries into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises. BBC News is reporting that up to 30 hospitals are now under investigation.
A lawyer who represents 72 potential Jimmy Savile victims said they were "encouraged" further hospitals may face investigation.
However, Liz Dux, head of abuse at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, added that the victims were "dismayed" that the current timetable of the investigation may now be extended.
While the victims are encouraged by news that the NHS inquiries will be comprehensive investigations of other institutions that may have been involved, the news that the time-frame for concluding the investigation has been extended until next June will be met with dismay.
My clients all need closure and whilst we welcome a detailed understanding of how Savile was able to operate unchecked for so many years, at the same time we need to recognise that until these reports are concluded their suffering continues.
– Liz Dux, head of abuse at Slater and Gordon Lawyers