Fresh abuse allegations against TV and radio presenter Jimmy Savile have been made in relation to 12 NHS Trusts.
The NHS Legacy Unit, which oversees NHS inquiries into alleged abuse by Savile on health premises, has passed information from victims and the Metropolitan Police to the trusts, which cover nine hospitals and health services not featured in earlier inquiries.
The fresh claims have emerged since 28 reports into Savile’s activities in NHS premises were published in June, said health secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
Outstanding investigation reports, including an investigation into Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, have been delayed until later in the year at the request of prosecutors, the Health Secretary added.
Lawyers representing Savile’s victims said it was “incredibly worrying” to see new concerns emerge.
Tracey Storey, a specialist lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who is representing some of Savile’s victims, said: “It is incredibly worrying to see more concerns related to Savile emerge and it is vital that authorities work quickly to fully investigate these new allegations.
“The extent of the abuse highlighted by previous and ongoing investigations has been truly horrifying, and the revelation of further allegations raises even more concerns regarding his activities and how he was able to offend over a number of years.”
There will also be a delay to the publication of investigations into alleged abuse by Savile in children’s homes and schools, which are overseen by the Department for Education, Hunt said.
Some of the hospitals might have closed, he said, in which case details of the allegations will be passed on to the legacy organisation.
Findings in the first round of NHS investigation reports — published in June — said Savile committed “truly awful” abuse against patients at hospitals across the country.
Among the most disturbing findings were “macabre accounts” of claims that he performed sex acts on dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary and at least one other hospital.
Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 in October 2011 — a year before allegations that he had abused children were made in ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile.
The claims led to a joint review by the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC, which in turn triggered separate NHS investigations.
Efa Schimdt, abuse lawyer with Slater and Gordon, which represents 169 of Savile’s victims, said: “Very sadly, I am not surprised that the investigations into Jimmy Savile’s horrific reign of abuse continues to widen.”
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