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Royal Marsden: 'No evidence to support Savile claim'

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.

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Hunt expects Savile investigation results 'by June 2014'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt expects the results of investigations into hospitals' links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile will be delivered by June 2014.

Jimmy Savile pictured in 2009.
Jimmy Savile pictured in 2009. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mr Hunt said in a written statement to Parliament that 19 more hospitals will be investigated by their relevant health trusts, but stressed that each investigation will be properly monitored.

The number of hospitals now being investigated totals 32.

Man charged with Stoke Mandeville sex offences

A 78-year-old man has been charged with rape and indecent assault in connection with incidents at several hospitals including Stoke Mandeville in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Salmon, from Wood Green in Hampshire, was arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police Service's Operation Yewtree which was set up following the Jimmy Savile allegations.

He was arrested today and later charged with one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault by Thames Valley Police.

The charges relate to incidents involving four victims between 1972 to 1985 at hospitals in the Aylesbury area.

Salmon will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on December 17.

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New hospital in NHS Savile abuse investigation

Cardiff Royal Infirmary has been named as another hospital under investigation as part of inquiries into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises.

Health Minister Norman Lamb said the hospital had been added to the list of hospitals currently being investigated.

New hospital in NHS Savile investigation. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Last month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had asked police to review all of the evidence before relevant information is passed on to investigators.

Read more: '30 hospitals' in Savile inquiry

IPCC investigates Sussex Police officers over Savile

Two Sussex Police detectives who dealt with a sex crime claim against Jimmy Savile in 2008 have been referred to the IPCC police watchdog.

A woman came forward in March 2008 to claim that disgraced television presenter Savile assaulted her in a caravan in around 1970 when she was in her early 20s.

This was referred to prosecutors with three other allegations against the performer received by Surrey Police, but in 2009 the Crown Prosecution Service decided no action could be taken.

Law 'must be changed' to avoid Savile repeats

The law must be changed to require child abuse allegations to be reported, a lawyer who represents dozens of Savile victims has said.

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Liz Dux wants more steps to be taken to ensure the Savile scandal is never repeated. Credit: PA

Abuse lawyer Liz Dux, of Slater & Gordon, welcomed the recent shift in attitudes towards child abuse, but said "there is so much more that needs to be done to make sure evil like this can never prosper again."

"It is vital lessons are learnt and our clients are determined that something positive comes out of the terrible abuse they suffered."

Ms Dux expressed her support for the proposal of a law change made by former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer.

She said: "We are now calling on the Government to introduce legislation whereby those in regulated activities who have direct knowledge of abuse and fail to do the right thing and report it will face prosecution."

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