Jimmy Savile hospital reports: At a glance

Newly-published reports have said the late entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades.

The reports, which cover 28 hospitals, include graphic details of his activities.

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Victims

Savile sexually assaulted victims as young as five at NHS hospitals - and this happened during decades of unrestricted access, the reports say.

He abused patients in their beds, in corridors and also targeted staff and visitors. The reports detail harrowing accounts from alleged victims.

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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.

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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.

It said Savile watched and made inappropriate comments when female patients were stripped and showered naked in front of staff.

The report said the number of cases of abuse it found was likely to be an underestimate.

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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.

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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.

Measures are now in place to make sure a similar situation does not happen.

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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 should be held to account, and said he was concerned about how public bodies carried out checks and managed their relationships with celebrities
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Hospitals' reports in detail

This is a summary of the findings of 28 hospitals' investigations:

Hospitals' Savile reports

Hospital Number of allegations Details

Leeds General Infirmary (inc St James and Seacroft Hospital)

60

33 of the 60 alleged victims were patients of whom 19 were children. A further 19 were staff. Encounters ranged from lewd remarks and inappropriate touching to sexual assault and rape.

Broadmoor Hospital

11

10 victims of assault, two were repeatedly abused. Six patients, two children and two staff. One indecent exposure to child. Report found "clear, repeated failure of safeguarding standards" at Broadmoor at the time.

St Catherine’s Hospital, Birkenhead

1

Savile allegedly groped a 14-year-old female patient. Report found the victim credible and convincing. Metropolitan Police have recorded it as a crime of sexual touching.

Saxondale Mental Health Hospital

1

Woman who was then 14 alleges that Savile lifted her skirt when she was at a disco at the hospital. She was a local resident rather than a patient. Savile had a fundraising association with Saxondale Hospital from 1972 to the early 1980s.

Portsmouth Royal Hospital

1

A man alleges being told by a cleaner that he was assaulted by Savile while unconscious. The report concludes that it is "highly unlikely" the incident took place.

Dewsbury and District Hospital (inc Pinderfields Hospital)

2

Woman says that when she was a 15-year-old in-patient in 1969 Savile French-kissed her without permission. A second allegation relates to lewd comments overheard by a nurse.

High Royds Psychiatric Hospital

2

Patient and member of staff say they were groped by Savile at a hospital fun day. Victim accounts described as "very compelling and certainly plausible".

Wheatfield’s Hospice, (non-NHS – Sue Ryder)

1

At an opening ceremony before patients were admitted, a woman who was then 16 alleges that Savile touched her leg and made lewd comments. The report found her account credible but there was no evidence to substantiate it.

Cardiff Royal Infirmary

1

Patient alleged that Savile forcefully kissed her while she was lying in bed. The investigators were "unable to reach a conclusion about whether the incident took place".

Great Ormond Street

1

One allegation of sexual abuse of a patient in 1971. Report found no evidence that Savile was at the hospital at the time.

Digby Hospital, Exeter

1

Former patient alleges that she was raped by Savile in a caravan in the hospital grounds. The report had "no reason to doubt the veracity" of her account.

Ashworth / Moss Side Hospital

4

Two female ex-patients said Savile abused them. One male ex-patient said he witnessed groping. One ex-staff member speculated about abuse which may have happened. Information was found to be credible.

Barnet General Hospital

1

Patient had conversation with nurses who said they had seen Savile having sex with a corpse at a different hospital. Investigators concluded incident did not happen at Barnet although conversation did take place.

Booth Hall Children's Hospital

2

Woman who was aged seven or eight at the time says she was abused by her father and Savile. Man says Savile touched him when he was 10. Investigators cannot say conclusively whether the incidents took place.

De La Pole Hospital

1

Nurse alleged Savile groped a 14-16-year-old female patient but she denies the incident. Investigators found no evidence of the alleged assault but did find Savile had visited the hospital.

Dryburn Hospital

1

Allegations of potential procuring of children for Savile. No evidence was found to support this.

Hammersmith Hospital

2

One allegation related to a friend of Savile rather than Savile himself. A second allegation was of an inappropriate comment to a 13-year-old girl. No evidence of an association between the hospital and Savile.

Leavesden Secure Mental Health Hospital

0

Person thought Savile may have visited the hospital in the 1970s but report finds this unlikely.

Royal Marsden Hospital

1

Person said colleague had alleged Savile had made sexual advances to her at either the Royal Marsden or Stoke Mandeville hospitals. No evidence was found of Savile's association with Royal Marsden.

Maudsley Hospital

0

Person thought Savile may have visited in 1964/5. Report found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Odstock Hospital, Salisbury

0

Person said Savile used to visit the hospital in the 1980s. Report found no allegation of wrongdoing by Savile.

Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital

1

Woman alleges that when she was a young girl she was taken onto the hospital site by Savile and another man and abused. Report found that the alleged incident had probably occurred, despite not being possible to verify her account.

Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead

1

Female patient alleged she was groped as she recovered from an operation. Investigators did not doubt that the attack happened but thought Savile was not involved.

Royal Victoria Infirmary

0

People flagged up that Savile had visited the hospital in 1987 and 1991. No allegation of wrongdoing made.

Queen Mary’s Hospital

1

Anonymous allegation that a junior nurse denied Savile access to a ward and was threatened that a BBC outside broadcast would be cancelled as a result. Investigators found it was not possible to conclude whether the incident occurred.

Whitby Memorial Hospital

1

Staff member said Savile had touched her inappropriately. Investigators found that the incident did take place.

Wythenshawe Hospital

1

Patient said that a fellow patient alleged that Savile was a "dirty old man" who had parties in his home with young girls. No evidence that Savile was present on the hospital site.

Woodhouse Eaves / Roecliffe Manor

1

Allegation of abuse against a boy aged between five and seven. Investigators found that it was likely that abuse had happened at the location but it was not possible to conclude it was carried out by Savile.

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