The findings of the investigations into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile at NHS hospitals has been released this morning. At Leeds Infirmary:
- Savile reported to have committed sex acts on dead bodies at Leeds hospital, actions in mortuary are described as “harrowing”
- The first case of abuse occurred in 1962 when Savile was 36 with the most recent in 2009 when he was 82
- Savile’s victims ranged from five to 75 years of age
- 19 of those who came forward were under 16 with the majority of his victims teenagers
- 19 victims were female hospital staff
- 43 of the encounters took place in public areas such as wards, corridors and offices
- One witness said Savile wore rings made from the glass eyes of dead bodies in the infirmary’s mortuary
At Broadmoor hospital:
- Close associate of Savile was given a job at Broadmoor
- 11 allegations were made
- The allegations involved three minors, six patients and two staff at the hospital.
- Nine of the victims were female and two were male
- Two patients were subjected to “repeated assaults”
You can read the reports in full here.
Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, says “we are deeply sorry that inadequate processes” enabled Jimmy Savile to carry out abuse.