Former health secretary defends Savile NHS probe

Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile enjoyed unprecedented access to three leading hospitals. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Former health secretary Andrew Lansley has insisted an investigation into claims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises would be handled "independently and effectively."

Former barrister Kate Lampard will oversee the investigations into the disgraced DJ at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Broadmoor and Leeds General Infirmary.

Labour's Barbara Keeley asked "why the Department believes that internal reviews overseen by NHS insiders are sufficient when we've got abuses against children and vulnerable patients being alleged".

But Mr Lansley, now Leader of the House, replied: "I would say, knowing Kate Lampard, I am sure she will conduct her investigations in relation to the NHS independently and effectively."

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