Savile abused a dying teen and attacked children who were in NHS care

 

Jimmy Savile carried out at least 57 sex attacks in NHS hospitals, including one on a dying teenager, across six decades. He also abused children at least 14 times in schools.

Scotland Yard revealed that at least three hospitals had unwittingly helped Savile by giving him special access to wards and buildings – and that he had carried out attacks in 13 hospitals and one hospice having used his celebrity and charity work to gain access.

The Department of Health has asked all of the hospitals to conduct inquiries into Savile’s offending and report back to Whitehall. David Gray, a detective superintendent in Scotland Yard’s Paedophile Unit who co-reported in the Savile report, said that carers had often ignored the few who had complained about Savile.

Det Supt Gray added today: “He could do anything he wanted. He could turn up a school and say: ‘I’ve just arrived.’ Similarly, he had quite often been written to by individuals, people in hospitals, who said: ‘I’m sick with a very serious illness, please come to see me’.” Savile would then speak to hospital administrators and become a more regular hospital visitor.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today: “We knew when the investigation opened in the autumn that we had a problem in three NHS organisations but today we realise that its gone a lot further than that.

“I feel a real sense of shock that this happened over 41 years. The question we are all asking ourselves is how could this have happened for so long without anyone speaking up?

“It seems highly unlikely if this extent of wrongdoing was happening no one knew that anything was happening over that period of time.” Mr Hunt said that a review by a barrister, Kate Lampard, would establish how Savile had been able to abuse NHS patients for decades.

He added: “It’s a very painstaking process because you are going back over 40 years. Many of the employees will have left the hospitals, many will have died, there were not digital records.

“But we do need to find that whether people in those organisations had any inkling of what was going on, whether we had the right procedures in place and if we didn’t, why not?”

Most of the hospital attacks happened at either Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire (22 between 1965 and 1988) or Leeds General Infirmary (16 between 1965 and 1995). One occurred at Broadmoor in 1991.

There was one each at a string of other NHS hospitals, including Ashworth High Security Unit, High Royds Psychiatric Hospital in West Yorkshire, and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London. 

Savile reportedly abused the relative of a dying teenager at the Sue Ryder-operated Wheatfield hospice in Leeds.

NHS Trusts variously described the report as “shocking” and “extremely distressing” for many of those involved.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence