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Savile family react to report findings

The family of Jimmy Savile say they are devastated by the findings of reports into the disgraced TV star's behaviour at hospitals across the UK.

We are truly devastated by this report and its findings. It is hard to believe the extent of what has happened. It seems that the Jimmy Savile we knew, and the one the public knew, is a completely different person to the one described in this report.

– Savile family statement

Broadmoor report: Clear failings over Jimmy Savile

The Broadmoor Hospital report into Jimmy Savile found there were clear failings in the way access to the hospital was controlled during the time he was connected to the institution.

It noted:

  • A closed and introspective institutional culture, encouraging a custodial approach to 'inmates' and permitting instances or harsh treatment
  • A 'notable absence of written polices and procedures' over most of the time Savile was involved with the hospital
  • Savile had keys allowing him unrestricted access to ward areas within the security perimeter
  • Sexual relationships between staff and patients were tolerated in what was a "clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards".

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Savile 'made rings from glass eyes of dead bodies'

Jimmy Savile claimed to more than one person that some of his elaborate rings were made using the glass eyes of dead bodies from his "friends" at Leeds General Infirmary, Dr Sue Proctor, lead investigator at LGI, said.

The late entertainer, who had spoken of his interest in dead bodies in various media interviews, told a student nurse that he committed sex acts on the bodies in the hospital's mortuary when it was "quiet".

Savile's attitude at Broadmoor was seen as 'just Jimmy'

Savile's "often flamboyantly inappropriate" attitude towards women was see as part of his public act, "just Jimmy", the report found. Credit: PA

An investigation into Jimmy Savile's conduct at Broadmoor Hospital found that as well as discouraging complaints,** **sexual relationships between staff and patients were tolerated in what was a "clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards".

The report noted that Savile would watch as female patients undressed for baths in the wards, and at other times looked through doorways while making inappropriate comments.

Savile's "often flamboyantly inappropriate" attitude towards women was see as part of his public act, "just Jimmy", the report found.

Broadmoor: Savile was an 'adept manipulator of people'

A report by Broadmoor Hospital into abuse undertaken by its former patron Jimmy Savile described the late entertainer as an "adept manipulator of people".

Jimmy Savile was an 'arch manipulator of people' Credit: PA

It said as well as having his own keys and accommodation on the premises, he used his influence at the hospital to have a close associate appointed as general manager, who remained in charge of the institution for eight years.

Savile "used this connection and the 'friends in high places' he boasted of" to threaten staff with dismissal if they complained about his behaviour, the report said.

While Savile's "unconventional and promiscuous lifestyle" was apparent at the time, the hospital said there was no evidence that officials "knew anything of the very much darker side that has since become evident."

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NHS chiefs: Savile hospital abuse findings 'truly awful'

Findings of the investigations into Jimmy Savile's abuse of patients and staff at hospitals are "truly awful", NHS chiefs have said.

Jimmy Savile's victims ranged from five-year-old's to pensioners. Credit: NHS

"The abusive behaviour of Jimmy Savile on NHS premises described in today's reports is truly awful," a joint statement between the heads of NHS England, the Trust Development Authority, Care Quality Commission and Monitor said.

"Our sympathy is with all the victims and we acknowledge their bravery in coming forward to talk to the investigations."

Both current chief executives of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which covers Broadmoor, have apologised to victims.

Savile had 'friend installed as manager at Broadwater'

Jimmy Savile had a friend installed as general manager at Broadwater Hospital while he abused at least five individuals at the hospital, an investigation has found.

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Broadmoor: Officials should stay out of appointments

The Broadmoor report into abuse by Jimmy Savile makes two recommendations for the Department of Health and for public officials, including senior civil servants.

Una O'Brien, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, said:

On behalf of the previous Department of Health and Social Security, and Department of Health, we are deeply sorry that inadequate processes in 1988 enabled Jimmy Savile to occupy a position of authority that he used to abuse his victims at Broadmoor Hospital.

The Department of Health accepts that the procedures in 1988 were wholly inadequate for checking whether Jimmy Savile was a suitable person to be given a managerial role.

We agree with the recommendations that the Department of Health should only directly manage an operational service exceptionally. The new NHS system means the Department of health provides assurances of the system but does not directly manage the NHS.

We agree with the recommendation that the Department of Health and NHS organisations should have policies in place to ensure public officials, including senior civil servants, should not be involved in appointment processes when they have a close personal relationship with an applicant.

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