The Heath Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced today that the Investigation into Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals has been extended to include other hospitals, Personal Injury Solicitor Jessica Standley reports...........
The investigation is currently focused on Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General but is now being extended to other hospitals however these have not yet been named.
Initially the full report, which is being overseen by Kate Lampard, was expected to be completed by the end of the year however it is now expected that the final report won't be published until June 2014.
A further report by Scotland Yard investigation into Savile’s alleged crimes is expected in the New Year. Mr Hunt has issued a written statement stating that the Metropolitan police working with Kate Lampard have established there was further relevant information which the NHS inquiry will now consider further. We understand that this includes information relating to a number of other hospitals. Mr Hunt has said, “It is vital that the final NHS investigation report is thorough and complete and reflects all the evidence about Jimmy Savile's pattern of offending.”
We agree with Mr Hunt’s comments that it is important that the NHS investigation is as thorough and detailed as possible. However we are keen to ensure that the reports are not prolonged. There are/have been a number of other investigations and inquiries in relation to Jimmy Savile including the Pollard Review, which has already published its report, the Dame Janet Smith Inquiry into BBC’s culture and practices during Savile's career and the current child protection and whistle-blowing policies, which is expected at the end of the year.
The Director of Public Prosecutions is also reviewing the decision not to prosecute Savile in 2009. Our clients have taken part in these inquiries and are keen to obtain closure without enduring yet another arduous and drawn-out investigation. It is therefore important that any further investigation is treated as a priority and dealt with expeditiously.
Slater and Gordon are currently representing 70 of the Savile victims and keen to hear from anyone who has information relation to the above or anyone who has been affected by the above. Our specialist Child Abuse Solicitors are familiar with the issues that arise from cases like this and are understand the difficulties that victims face when speaking out. If you would like to speak to a member of our team please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7657 1658/1637.