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More hospitals investigate Savile links

A further 19 hospitals are to carry out investigations after receiving police information about serial sex attacker Jimmy Savile, the government has reported.

The Metropolitan Police (Met) have passed material about Savile to the Department of Health, which has given it to the 19 hospital trusts to investigate, bringing the total number of hospitals under investigation to 32.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports on visits by the late DJ to those hospitals by June 2014.

The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim'll Fix It died aged 84 in October 2011, one year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary. He is believed to have abused hundreds of victims.

Inquiries into Savile's alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals had originally focused on Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary, with 10 more trusts added in January.

"Inquiries are ongoing, and we continue to work with the Department of Health. Inquiries into criminal offences are not concluded yet," the Met says.

Jessica Standley, a solicitor from a firm representing more than 70 of Savile's victims, said she was concerned about delays in the Department of Health's investigation. She claims that victims gave their statements a long time ago and are eagerly awaiting the results of investigations.
"What is concerning me is that the Department of Health have taken until now to include those additional hospitals," she said.

The 19 hospitals added to the list are: Barnet General Hospital, Booth Hall Children's Hospital, De La Pole Hospital, Dryburn Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Leavesden Secure Mental Hospital, Marsden Hospital, Maudsley Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Odstock Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital, Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Royal Free Hospital, London, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, Seacroft Hospital, Leeds, St Mary's Hospital, Carshalton, Whitby Memorial Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.