Victims angry as Savile report hit by another delay

A report into the abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile at a top hospital has been delayed to gather new evidence, further angering victims of the late entertainer.

Victims angry as Savile report hit by another delay

Three major investigations were launched at Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor Hospital after details first emerged about cases of alleged abuse by Savile in hospitals.

NHS reports into all three hospitals were anticipated this week, but those abused by Savile at Stoke Mandeville have now been told their investigation — featuring some of the worst offending — has been shelved until later in the year.

Liz Dux, a lawyer for Slater & Gordon representing 176 victims of the late BBC presenter, said the wait was “frustrating”.

She said: “The victims of Stoke Mandeville have not been told what’s happening or when it is going to be out.

“We don’t know the findings [of the other reports] and won’t until later in the week. It is of concern.

“What will be most distressing is having the media knowing what’s happening without the victims being told first. They want to know what is in the report, and don’t want to learn of it in the press and on the television.

“In the meantime, we are just waiting for answers. It is frustrating.”

The hospital said the report would now be published later in the year after investigators wanted to quiz further witnesses.

An NHS spokesman said: “Following the emergence of new information, the independent Speaking Out investigation into the actions of Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville hospital will not now be published before the summer, as originally planned.

“Given the nature of the issues under investigation and the importance of hearing from all witnesses, the trust believes it is important the report is thorough, comprehensive and accurate.

“It will now be published in the autumn of this year.”

It was reported earlier this year that the Janet Smith review, which was commissioned by the BBC, into how Savile carried out a campaign of abuse over decades will not be published until after Dave Lee Travis’s forthcoming trial.

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