Reaction to Savile hospital reports

Key Points

  • Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades
  • He abused patients in their beds, in corridors and in offices, reviews find
  • He posed for photos and abused corpses in the Leeds General Hospital mortuary, it is alleged
  • The whole country will share "a deep sense of revulsion", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells MPs
  • He was an "opportunistic sexual predator" whose victims included patients, visitors and staff
  • Kate Lampard's review looks into the late broadcaster's involvement with 28 NHS hospitals
  1.  
    09:51:

    Good morning from BBC News. Welcome to our live page. We will be delivering live updates as details of a review into accounts of sexual abuse and improper conduct by Jimmy Savile in 28 NHS hospitals are revealed.

     
  2.  
    09:53:

    A series of reports into what was known at the time of the abuse will be published. They will look at whether the hospitals had any reports or warnings of abuse.

     
  3.  
    09:56:

    Kate Lampard QC was appointed to oversee the individual hospital investigations. They are expected to identify opportunities that were missed to confront Savile's offending over a period of more than 50 years.

     
  4.  
    09:58:

    Much of the focus will be on inquiries carried out at Leeds General Infirmary and at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital. Savile had extensive access at Broadmoor, including an office and his own living quarters.

     
  5.  
    10:03: Breaking News

    Savile's victims at Leeds General Infirmary ranged in age from five to 75, a report has revealed.

     
  6.  
    10:07:

    The Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) inquiry included the testimonies of 60 people who told investigators of their experiences with Savile. Thirty-three were patients. The majority were teenagers at the time of the alleged abuse - 19 were under 16. Nineteen were hospital staff.

     
  7.  
    10:08:

    The LGI inquiry panel said Savile started working on the hospital radio service. He then became a regular visitor, as a celebrity and a fundraiser. In 1968, he became a volunteer porter.

     
  8.  
    10:10:

    In a press conference outlining some of the findings, Kate Lampard QC says she has carefully considered the question of whether investigations into the abuse carried out by a dead man are necessary.

     
  9.  
    10:11:

    "My view is that these investigations are essential," Ms Lampard says. "Victims deserve an explanation for what happened to them."

     
  10.  
    10:11:

    Ms Lampard adds: "The investigation reports make clear that most of Savile's victims... have welcomed the opportunity to give evidence."

     
  11.  
    10:15:
    Jimmy Savile

    Savile, pictured on a visit to LGI in 1972, had an association with the hospital that lasted from 1960-2011.

     
  12.  
    10:15:

    Also at the press conference, the lead investigator for Broadmoor, Dr Bill Kirkup, describes Savile as "an adept manipulator of people".

     
  13.  
    10:19:

    Dr Kirkup says Savile's appointment at the hospital was motivated by the hope of improving conditions for children - a hope he says was "naive".

     
  14.  
    10:21:

    He says Savile was "uniquely placed to exploit" at the hospital.

     
  15.  
    10:21:

    Dr Sue Proctor, lead investigator at LGI, says what Savile did at the trust was "truly appalling" and that his behaviour went "completely unchallenged".

     
  16.  
    10:25:
    Dr Sue Proctor

    "Only nine of his victims felt able to tell a member of staff what happened.... at the time of the abuse," Dr Proctor says. "However, the investigation found no evidence that reports of abuse by Savile were reported to senior management."

     
  17.  
    10:26:

    Three cases of rape were reported at Leeds, Dr Proctor says. She says the majority of Savile's abuse took place in public areas such as wards in the hospital.

     
  18.  
    10:26:

    Dr Proctor says "weak systems" at Leeds were a factor in Savile's ability to continue with the abuse.

     
  19.  
    Siewby, Australia

    tweets: BBC News - Jimmy Savile NHS victims aged five to 75 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28034427 …. Time & time again, ppl silent when they should've spoken out.

     
  20.  
    Vernon, Spain

    tweets: Probably truest thing #Savile said to me was when I asked where his money would go after his death. "You might all be in for a big surprise"

     
  21.  
    10:28:

    Savile is described as "narcissistic", "arrogant" and "lacking empathy" at the press conference. He was known as "promiscuous".

     
  22.  
    10:30:

    The charity Victim Support says parents, friends and health professionals have been traumatised by guilt about exposing youngsters to Savile - a serial abuser - in what should have been a safe environment.

     
  23.  
    10:31:

    The Department of Health has issued a statement on its website. "On behalf of the previous Department of Health and Social Security, and Department of Health, we are deeply sorry that inadequate processes in 1988 enabled Jimmy Savile to occupy a position of authority that he used to abuse his victims at Broadmoor Hospital," it says.

     
  24.  
    10:34:

    The Department of Health (DoH) says Thursday's reports "detail the depraved activities of Jimmy Savile and make for shocking reading". "While much has changed in the intervening years we will leave no stone unturned to make sure such appalling actions can never be repeated," it adds. "Our thoughts today are with the people who suffered and continue to suffer from these terrible crimes."

     
  25.  
    10:36:

    The Leeds General Infirmary reports reveals Savile had access to keys to a number of different departments and had a series of offices in the hospital. He even had access to the mortuary, it finds.

     
  26.  
    10:36:

    Dr Proctor says Savile expressed "an interest in the dead". She says details involving his access to the mortuary at Leeds where he allegedly "carried out abuse" were "harrowing".

     
  27.  
    Kevin Marrinano, Manchester

    tweets: Decades of abuse. I wonder how many people must have known but chose to take no action. That is as big a crime as the abuse itself. #Savile

     
  28.  
    10:37:

    Dr Proctor cites accounts from two witnesses that Savile "wore huge rings that he said were made from the glass eyes of dead bodies" at Leeds.

     
  29.  
    10:39:

    Dr Proctor says Savile had a close relationship with porters and frontline staff - as opposed to management. "The notion of being starstruck... whether that was right or wrong, inhibited people challenging him."

     
  30.  
    10:40:

    Victim Support's Lesley McClean says: "There are other people, friends and family members who are victims in this as well and are going through a number of feelings. For example, if they introduced their child, who's in hospital, vulnerable, to Jimmy Savile thinking that this might be a nice treat for them while they're in hospital."

     
  31.  
    10:42: Breaking News

    Patients, including young teenagers recovering from surgery, were abused in their beds at Leeds General Infirmary, investigators say.

     
  32.  
    Kim Yang, Singapore

    tweets: Astounding this evil only came to light after his death.

     
  33.  
    10:48:

    Savile posed for photographs and abused corpses in the Leeds General Hospital mortuary, investigators have heard.

     
  34.  
    10:49:

    Leeds investigators say they have no way of verifying the claim over corpses. But Dr Proctor says there is no doubt that controls on access were lax.

     
  35.  
    Chief executive of Leeds NHS Trust Julian Hartley

    Chief executive of Leeds NHS Trust Julian Hartley says he feels "tremendous sadness" that Savile's abuse was allowed to happen. He says he feels anger that this "individual used the NHS and his celebrity status to exploit and abuse our patients, staff and the public".

     
  36.  
    10:51:

    "We were badly taken in by a clever and manipulative individual," Mr Hartley says. "We let our guard down and people came to harm. For this we are truly sorry."

     
  37.  
    David Renhold

    texts: What a whitewash. The senior staff/management are responsible for patient welfare and they were clearly very negligent. This should be investigated further and they should be named and shamed.

     
  38.  
    10:51:

    Mr Hartley says the report paints a "grim picture" of an individual with a "very dark side" who was able to "mask a range of dreadful acts" against children and adults alike.

     
  39.  
    Nigel Smith, UK

    emails: Think Savile should have been a patient at Broadmoor he was clearly a very sick man.

     
  40.  
    10:53:

    Broadmoor chief executive Steve Shrubb, speaking at the press conference, extends his "sincere and heartfelt apology" to Savile's victims.

     
  41.  
    Tony Bickley, Aberystwyth

    tweets: I didn't think it could get any worse for Savile but apparently it has. Disgusting, sickening, harrowing. No adjective does it justice!

     
  42.  
    10:53:

    Broadmoor chief executive Steve Shrubb says he "can't imagine a context where the Savile situation would happen again".

     
  43.  
    Looby Loo, Cornwall

    tweets: what appalls me most about the #Savile case is that nurses who must abide by a code of conduct did nothing to stop him abusing children

     
  44.  
    Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile

    Savile, pictured here with Margaret Thatcher in 1988, used his celebrity to gain access to his victims. Investigators at Broadmoor heard 11 allegations of abuse - six regarding patients and two about staff. Two were male and nine were female.

     
  45.  
    11:10:

    A report concerning Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead concludes it had no connection with Savile. "The investigation concerned an allegation of sexual assault of an adult female patient in 1954," it says in a statement. "After a thorough review of all the information available, there is no evidence that Savile ever visited or had any other association with QVH."

     
  46.  
    11:10:

    The Queen Victoria Hospital statement adds: "The report concludes that while there is no reason to doubt the allegation, which was made in 2013, the alleged assault cannot be conclusively attributed to Savile or any other specific individual."

     
  47.  
    11:20:

    Wirral Community NHS Trust, which commissioned an independent investigation and has published its report, apologises for the abuse of a child by Savile 50 years ago at the former St Catherine's Hospital in Birkenhead.

     
  48.  
    11:21:

    The victim at St Catherine's Hospital reported a crime of "sexual touching" by Savile. The victim was 14 when the incident happened in 1964.

     
  49.  
    11:22:

    Wirral Community NHS Trust chief executive Simon Gilby says: "It is completely unacceptable that it should have been allowed to happen and I apologise on behalf of the NHS that it was."

     
  50.  
    11:23:
    Jimmy Savile

    Savile, pictured here with his OBE in 1972, assaulted men and women, boys and girls over a period of more than 50 years, investigators say.

     
  51.  
    11:23:

    Peter Watt, national services director at the NSPCC, describes as "sickening" the fact that some hospital staff "may have actively facilitated Savile's abuse".

     
  52.  
    11:24:

    Mr Watt says this takes the scandal of his crimes to yet another "abhorrent" level. "Savile was a manipulative, arrogant and controlling sexual predator who exerted an incredible level of influence and power within these hospitals."

     
  53.  
    11:25:

    Mr Watt says the "chilling" reports make clear that there was a "culture of turning a blind eye to Savile's abuse of children" that was almost endemic among some staff at Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor hospital.

     
  54.  
    11:26:

    The NSPCC's Mr Watt says it is "hard to believe senior staff could be so blind to what was happening at ward level".

     
  55.  
    Jimmy Savile and Prince Charles

    For an overview of the story so far, take a look at our main news piece.

     
  56.  
    11:31: Breaking News

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells the Commons the whole country will share "a deep sense of revulsion" over what Thursday's reports reveal.

     
  57.  
    11:31:

    The health secretary apologises on behalf of the government and the NHS to all the victims who were abused by Savile.

     
  58.  
    11:31:

    Mr Hunt says the revelations in the reports will shake the nation to the core.

     
  59.  

    Jeremy Hunt says Thursday's reports reveal a "litany of disturbing accounts of rape and sexual abuse committed by Savile".

     
  60.  
    11:35:

    "At the time, the victims who spoke up were not believed," Mr Hunt says. "It's important today that we publicly recognise the truth of what they said."

     
  61.  
    11:36:
    Jeremy Hunt

    Mr Hunt says the nation regarded Savile as "an eccentric national treasure" who was charitable. "In reality, he was a sickening and prolific sexual abuser who repeatedly exploited the trust of a nation for his own vile purposes," he says.

     
  62.  
    11:37:

    The health secretary says the Jim'll Fix It star was a "predatory porter who abused and raped people without scruple".

     
  63.  
    11:37:

    Mr Hunt pays tribute to the victims who spoke out against their attacker. "They were brave, they've been vindicated," he says. "He was a coward, he's been disgraced."

     
  64.  
    11:39:

    "I want to apologise on behalf of the government and the NHS to all the victims who were abused by Savile at NHS institutions," the health secretary says.

     
  65.  
    11:40:

    Mr Hunt says many of Savile's victims are still "reliving the pain they went through". He says he hopes the "honesty and transparency" of Thursday's reports will help alleviate that pain.

     
  66.  
    11:44:

    Shadow secretary of state for health Andy Burnham has called for a code of conduct for political or celebrity backers of NHS.

     
  67.  
    11:45:

    Mr Burnham also asks if those negligent in public duties should be held to account.

     
  68.  
    Mark Williams-Thomas, investigative reporter who exposed some of the revelations

    tweets: Nobody being held to account for failings at Leeds General or #Broadmoor. This was always the problem with these inquiries

     
  69.  
    Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central

    tweets: Shocking that he was able to get away with these seemingly blatant offences over an extremely long period of time...

     
  70.  
    11:50:
    Picture posed by model

    Here are the key points from the reports, which cover 28 hospitals.

     
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    11:50:
  72.  
    11:50:

    The statement says: "The abusive behaviour of Jimmy Savile on NHS premises described in today's reports is truly awful. Our sympathy is with all the victims and we acknowledge their bravery in coming forward to talk to the investigations."

     
  73.  
    11:51:

    "Patients and the public have a right to expect that whenever they are under the care of the NHS they are safe and protected," the statement says.

     
  74.  
    11:57:

    A report by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust finds no evidence of abuse by Savile at Odstock Hospital, which the broadcaster visited during the 1980s.

     
  75.  
    11:55:

    The statement from NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority adds that "all organisations must ensure they check the recommendations of these reports against current practice and take any necessary action".

     
  76.  
    11:56:

    "We urge all NHS organisations to ensure that support is available to all who have suffered, and our feelings are with the victims today," the statement says.

     
  77.  
    11:57:

    Queen Mary's Hospital for Children - of the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust - says it found no documentary evidence to suggest Savile attended the hospital in the 1970s or at any other time.

     
  78.  
    12:02:
    Kate Lampard QC

    Inquiry head Kate Lampard earlier told a press conference Savile's victims "deserve an explanation" for what happened. Watch the video here.

     
  79.  
    12:01:

    Pippa Hart, chief nurse at Queen Mary's, says reports that Savile and three associates tried to gain access to a ward in the hospital in the 1970s could not be supported. "Although this was an isolated allegation that may date back more than 40 years, the potential gravity of the claim was so great that we immediately began a thorough investigation into the facts of the matter," she says.

     
  80.  
    12:02:

    Ms Hart says the hospital was "reassured" to find no evidence to suggest Savile attended the hospital. "The report also concluded that the ward environment was strictly controlled and that visitors were not allowed on the ward without supervision."

     
  81.  
    12:08: Vernon Grant, TV producer

    tweets: True horror of the crimes perpetrated by the man I naively thought I knew, currently being detailed in all its disgusting detail

     
  82.  
    12:08:

    The Broadmoor report concludes there was "no evidence that those responsible knew anything of the very much darker side that has since become evident".

     
  83.  
    12:11:
    Jimmy Savile

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier branded Savile a "callous opportunist and wicked predator".

     
  84.  
    12:16: Breaking News

    A spokesman for David Cameron says the prime minister is "deeply shocked" by the reports and "it's important lessons are learnt".

     
  85.  
    Michael McCann, Labour MP for East Kilbride

    tweets: Savile: Victims Aged From 5 To 75 - this is why a coordinated investigation into abuse is required

     
  86.  
    12:25:
    Jimmy Savile

    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham earlier described the reports about Savile, pictured here in 1985, as "truly disturbing".

     
  87.  
    12:25:

    The shadow health secretary says the revelations raise questions about the nature of celebrity and society's relationship with it.

     
  88.  
    12:25:

    Mr Burnham says victims had a right to look at the NHS as a "place of safety and sanctuary" but were "cruelly let down" by the very institutions that were meant to offer protection.

     
  89.  
    12:26:

    "How a celebrity DJ and predatory sex offender came to have unfettered access to vulnerable patients across the NHS and gold-plated keys to its highest security hospital surely ranks as one of the worst failures of patient and public protection our country has ever seen," Mr Burnham says.

     
  90.  
    12:26:

    A report for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust says the disgraced DJ abused a seven-year-old girl at a Manchester psychiatric unit and warned her she would be locked in if she told anyone.

     
  91.  
    12:38:

    The Manchester report says Savile took the girl to the Prestwich Hospital site and abused her in or around 1960. The victim says she remembers being in a room smelling of excrement with naked men. The investigation team says in its "considered view" the alleged incidents are "likely to have occurred".

     
  92.  
    12:44:

    To recap, the newly-published reports say Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades. Take a look at the BBC's breakdown of the key points.

     
  93.  
    Rob Wilson, Conservative MP for Reading East

    tweets: As with the BBC, now the NHS has some explaining to do about #Savile & how he was able to get away with his deprived behaviour

     
  94.  
    12:44:

    Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust says of its report: "We would like to reassure everyone that throughout this investigation, we have shown care, compassion and sensitivity towards those affected and cooperated fully with all organisations involved."

     
  95.  
    12:46:
    Jimmy Savile

    Savile is pictured here in 2008 after receiving a commemorative badge from then-prime minister Gordon Brown for his work as a Bevin Boy. The 28 reports into his activities on NHS premises are available here.

     
  96.  
    12:47:

    Kate Lampard QC, who oversaw the investigations, rejects suggestions the hospitals publishing the reports were essentially investigating themselves. She tells the BBC that she was assured those appointed to carry out investigations were independent.

     
  97.  
    12:47:

    "All the processes from beginning to end were subject to a systematic, comprehensive programme of review," Ms Lampard says of the hospital investigations. "I myself am independent. I'm not accountable to anybody within the Department of Health."

     
  98.  
    12:53:
    Dr Sue Proctor

    Dr Sue Proctor, lead investigator for Leeds General Infirmary, says security at the hospital's mortuary was "lax". Watch the video here. This clip contains some disturbing content.

     
  99.  
    12:54:

    All NHS trusts are to be asked to review security and access to their premises in the wake of the revelations in the 28 reports.

     
  100.  
    12:54:

    The solicitor representing a number of Savile's victims says there needs to be a change in the law so that staff are compelled to report suspicions of abuse.

     
  101.  
    12:55:

    Solicitor Liz Dux believes there should be a full public inquiry into Savile's crimes, but says that alone would not go far enough. "We heard evidence about a member of staff, a nurse, reporting the sexual assault to a consultant who called her a 'silly girl' and that wasn't that long ago," she says.

     
  102.  
    12:56:

    Ms Dux adds: "I don't think it's acceptable to say senior management didn't know - we don't have evidence about that. We do know that members of staff were told and, in that case, there must be greater accountability, this must be gone into in greater detail."

     
  103.  
    13:01:
    Leeds General Infirmary

    Leeds General Infirmary reacts with "revulsion and horror" at the scale of Savile's abuse there. The head of the trust that runs the hospital has apologised to victims.

     
  104.  
    13:19:

    Kate Lampard QC says Savile's victims "deserve an explanation" for what happened. Watch her overview of Thursday's reports here.

     
  105.  
    13:20:
    Hospital ward

    BBC health reporter Pippa Stephens asks if the kind of abuse carried out by Savile at hospitals over the years could happen again. Read her report here.

     
  106.  
    13:20:

    The West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which represents Broadmoor Hospital where 11 allegations of sexual abuse were reported, has made an apology.

     
  107.  
    13:21:

    Trust chief executive Steve Shrubb says he and his colleagues are "appalled" by Savile's abuse of vulnerable mentally-ill patients and staff. "The suffering our patients and staff experienced at his hands and the lack of support they received at the time is unimaginable today," he says.

     
  108.  
    13:22:

    "We are committed to continuing to offer support to Savile's victims so that they can begin their journey of recovery from those terrible events years ago," Mr Shrubb says. "Today Broadmoor Hospital is a very different place than it was in Jimmy Savile's time."

     
  109.  
    13:23:

    The trust's investigation has made 10 recommendations, including tighter controls on appointments and selection processes, regular reviews of security and regular monitoring of recruitment and induction.

     
  110.  
    13:23:
    Jimmy Savile

    Read the BBC's full story on how Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades of unrestricted access.

     
  111.  
    13:33:
    Jimmy Savile

    Savile was a man known by millions as an eccentric TV personality. But few people knew the real man behind the mask. Read our Savile profile.

     
  112.  
    13:35:

    BBC health correspondent Nick Triggle says that, while Jimmy Savile may have committed most of his crimes in the NHS during the 1960s and 1970s, lessons of what went wrong are still relevant today.

     
  113.  
    13:38:

    One woman has revealed how nurses laughed at her when she tried to tell them about Savile's abuse. Another says her experience had "a major and lasting impact". Read their stories here.

     
  114.  
    13:48:

    The trust that runs Leeds General Infirmary says the report into its hospital is "profoundly shocking". Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Julian Hartley says: "We are deeply upset by the findings of the report and our first thoughts must be with the victims who suffered in silence over so many years and continue to do so."

     
  115.  
    13:49:

    Mr Hartley adds: "This report, however, paints a grim picture of an individual with a very dark side who used his role as volunteer and fundraiser, combined with his national fame, to mask a range of dreadful acts he perpetrated on children and adults alike over a prolonged period of time."

     
  116.  
    13:51:
    Jimmy Savile

    "I've got nothing to hide from people and, when you come to think about it, I lead a dead simple sort of life, which is okay, and definitely enough for me," Savile said in 1972 documentary The World of Jimmy Savile OBE.

     
  117.  
    13:52:

    The BBC's home editor Mark Easton says credibility is the issue at the heart of the Savile affair. He considers here how the scandal will affect future abuse cases.

     
  118.  
    13:58:

    To recap on Thursday's events, investigators say Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted men, women and children aged five to 75 at NHS hospitals during a period of more than 50 years.

     
  119.  
    14:02:

    Thank you for joining us. For a full round-up, please read our main news story.

     

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