A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated over their links with Jimmy Savile, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced. They are in addition to the 13 that were initially named in a police inquiry into the disgraced television presenter.
The Department of Health has named Hammersmith Hospital as part of an ongoing investigation into links with disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile. A spokesperson for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said:
We will investigate this evidence thoroughly and ensure that any lessons are learnt for the future.
Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Sutton, has been named as one of the hospitals to be investigated by the Department of Health, over alleged links with disgrace television presenter Jimmy Savile.
A spokesperson said: "Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children (previously situated at Carshalton Beeches) for investigation.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust has said it will investigate one of its hospitals "thoroughly" after it was named with alleged links to disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
A spokesperson said:
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names Barnet Hospital, for investigation. We will investigate this evidence thoroughly and ensure as appropriate that any lessons are learnt for the future.
A psychiatric hospital has been named by the Health Secretary today as part of one of the NHS Trusts allegedly linked with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said:
We can confirm we have been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Leavesden Secure Mental Hospital, for investigation.
Leavesden Hospital was run by one of our predecessor organisations and closed in 1995 but we will investigate the information we have received thoroughly and ensure that any appropriate actions are taken.
A further 19 hospitals, including seven in and around London, are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
A spokesman for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust responded, saying:
We have been passed information from 28 years ago by the Department of Health about Jimmy Saville. We have already carried out an initial investigation and we cannot find any evidence to date to support this information, or that Jimmy Saville has ever visited our hospital.
One of the hospitals to be investigated over alleged links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile has said it will learn any lesson in the future, after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced more were to be reviewed.
A spokeswoman for Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust said:
We have been given information from the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which we will now thoroughly investigate. We will ensure that, if appropriate, any lessons are learnt for the future.
A lawyer specialising in abuse at the firm representing the 72 victims of Jimmy Savile said there were concerns that inquiries into other hospitals had only just started.
Liz Dux said all of the victims represented by Slater & Gordon had given detailed statements to Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into sexual abuse sparked by the Savile scandal.
Ms Dux said: "Whilst the victims of Savile would wish to ensure that the NHS inquiry is as comprehensive as possible, they have real concerns as to why the Department of Health has only just started its investigations into other hospitals now.
"The victims will be very upset about further delays into the NHS inquiry which will prolong their suffering."
Detectives investigating cases of alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile at an initial 13 hospitals gleaned further information that patients at other facilities could have been targeted by the television presenter.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement:
The Metropolitan Police Service has completed its document review and transferred various material concerning Jimmy Savile and the NHS to the Department of Health.
The information has been passed on to the relevant hospital trust for further investigation as appropriate. Names of the hospitals are taken from the information received.
These include hospitals that may have closed in which case the information has been passed on to the legacy organisation.