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Oct

Jimmy Savile abuse probe looks at more NHS hospitals


Many more hospitals are now believed to be under investigation as part of the inquiry into the late Jimmy Savile's alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals.


Inquiries had originally focused just on Broadmoor, where the TV presenter and DJ had an office and living quarters, Stoke Mandeville, where he had a bedroom, and Leeds General Infirmary, to which he had widespread access - with a further 10 Trusts added to the investigation in January.


A final report is due to be published in 2014.


The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It, who also worked as a Radio 1 DJ and received a knighthood in 1990, died aged 84 in October 2011 - a year before the allegations were broadcast in an ITV documentary.


The Department of Health investigation into the original three hospitals is being overseen by barrister - and former Deputy Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Service - Kate Lampard.
In a written ministerial statement on Monday 14th October, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "The Metropolitan Police Service, working with Kate Lampard, has established there was further relevant information regarding Jimmy Savile. The Department of Health asked the Metropolitan Police Service, through an agreed information sharing process, to review information it held to ascertain if it included material related to health and care settings.


“This review is still on-going. We understand the material includes information about hospitals where investigations are already underway, and reference to other hospitals. Once this review is complete, the information will be passed on to the relevant Trusts or investigations as quickly as possible.” He would then name any other hospitals involved, he said.

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