Thursday, 26 June 2014

Jimmy Savile Hospital reports he abused the sick, the injured, the young and the old with impunity

Newly-published reports show the depth of Jimmy Savile's depravity he  sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades.  

Here are the links to the full text of these 

Here are the key points from the reports, which cover 28 hospitals and include graphic details of his activities.
Generic picture of a girl with head in hands
Savile sexually assaulted victims as young as five at NHS hospitals - and this happened during decades of unrestricted access, the reports says.
He abused patients in their beds, in corridors and also targeted staff and visitors.
Leeds General Infirmary
Sixty people came forward to say they had been abused between 1962 and 2009. They were aged between five and 75. Thirty-three of the 60 were patients and 19 were children.
A number of organisational failures allowed someone "as manipulative as Savile to thrive and continue his abusive behaviour unchecked for years", the report says.
One 10-year-old boy was sexually assaulted while he waited on a trolley for an X-ray on a broken arm.
Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital
Main entrance at Broadmoor Hospital
The report details 11 allegations of sexual abuse, six of them involving patients. Two were staff and three were children, it says.
But the report adds this is likely to be an underestimate.
Abuse of the dead
Inquiry chairwoman Dr Sue Proctor says Savile had an "unwholesome interest in the dead".
She also referred to Savile's claims that large rings he wore were "made from the glass eyes of dead bodies at the mortuary".
It is alleged he posed for photographs and performed sex acts on corpses in the Leeds hospital mortuary.
The report says there is no way of verifying this but Dr Proctor says controls on access were lax.
How claims went unreported
The reports detail how hospital staff "didn't want to hear or believe" what his young victims were saying.
They say Savile had a familiarity with porters and nurses rather than with senior managers, and he threatened he could get people fired if they reported allegations of his abuse.
Key reaction
Jeremy Hunt
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the reports detailing Savile's abuse were "truly awful", patients had been "let down badly" and he apologised on behalf of the government.
  • Peter Watt, national services director at the NSPCC, said it was "hard to believe senior staff could be so blind" to what was happening.
  • Lesley McLean, Victim Support's manager for West Yorkshire, said Savile preyed on his victims and many who were children at the time were still "coming to terms with feelings of guilt".
  • Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham questioned whether those negligent in public duties, as found to be the case in the reports, should be held to account.
Hospitals in detail
In addition to Broadmoor and Leeds General Infirmary a further 26 reports have also been published:

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