Police Pass New Information On 19 Hospitals To NHS Trusts
The government has confirmed that 19 more hospitals are undertaking investigations after being passed information by the Metropolitan Police regarding Jimmy Savile.
In a written ministerial statement, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed 19 trusts are now looking into the information passed in relation to existing hospitals and sites which have now closed following a document review.
The following hospitals are those which Trusts have been contacted in relation to:
- 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
- Queen Mary's Hospital, Carshalton
- Whitby Memorial Hospital
- Wythenshawe Hospital
A spokesperson for the Department of Health added: "Kate Lampard will provide general assurance of the quality of the final reports of all the NHS investigations on behalf of the Department of Health. We expect the final reports of these investigations to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible.
"It is essential that all the information is considered and investigations are thorough in order to learn the lessons about Jimmy Savile’s pattern of offending."
It has been a number of months since the concerns raised regarding Savile emerged but the scope of investigations into his activities continues to widen.
"So many people have come forward in relation to suspected abuse and the fact that more hospitals are now being investigated raise concerns that many more people may also have been affected.
"It is vital that anyone who suffered at the hands of Savile gets access to help and support they need as an absolute priority. Through our work, we know that abuse can leave victims with serious physical and psychological scars which can impact on them for the rest of their lives.
"Police need to continue to work to identify the full extent of these problems, as well as working to identify exactly what can be done to prevent the same terrible circumstances from ever emerging again."
Tracey Storey - Partner