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.

Read: Britain 'must prevent Savile abuse happening again'

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Savile report: Police probing link to child death at care home

Police are investigating an allegation published in a University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust report that links Jimmy Savile to the death of a young girl at a children's care home near Loughborough in the 1960s.