'30 hospitals' in Savile inquiry

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.

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Lawyer: 'Victims encouraged NHS probe could widen'

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

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Hospitals may face Savile probe due to new information

More hospitals may be investigated as part of the inquiries into Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse on NHS premises because further "relevant information" has emerged, the Department of Health said.

'Relevant information' has led to more hospitals facing possible investigation. Credit: PA

Investigations into activities at Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary were launched last year following the abuse revelations.

Mr Hunt said any hospitals involved would be named once the review of the new potential evidence had been completed.

In a statement to Parliament, the Health Secretary said: "We understand the material includes information about hospitals where investigations are already under way and reference to other hospitals.

"Once this review is complete, the information will be passed on to the relevant trusts or investigations as quickly as possible."

More hospitals face investigation as part of Savile probe

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said more hospitals may be investigated as part of inquiries into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises.

More hospitals will be investigated as part of an investigation into Jimmy Savile. Credit: PA

New information has come to light relating to investigations across 13 institutions as well as "reference to other hospitals", the Mr Hunt said.

He has asked police to review all of the evidence before relevant information is passed on to investigators "as quickly as possible".

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