Savile hospital abuse victims ranged from aged five to 75

Jimmy Savile exploited weak safeguards at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) to abuse patients and staff over a 47-year period, a report has found. Savile also abused at least five individuals at high-security Broadmoor hospital.

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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
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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".

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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.

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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.

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