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NHS widens its Jimmy Savile investigations to 'other hospitals'

The initial probe involved three hospitals and 10 trusts.

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THE HEALTH SECRETARY in the UK has said the investigation into Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse at NHS facilities will be widened to include more hospitals.

The initial probe into the BBC presenter’s alleged crimes centred on Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General hospitals, as well as 10 other trusts.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Jeremy Hunt said new information collected includes material on ‘other hospitals’.

An ongoing review by police, undertaken on the request of the Department of Health, may lead to the naming of those other hospitals.

Another written statement will be issued once that review is complete, said Hunt.

The timetable for the investigations already underway will be impacted by the additional material.

“It is vital that the final NHS investigation reports are thorough and complete, and reflect all the evidence about Jimmy Savile’s pattern of offending,” added Hunt.

The final reports will be published in June 2014, at the latest.

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Savile died in October 2011, aged 84, before allegations about his abuse were aired in an ITV documentary.

According to BBC News, Savile had a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an office and living quarters at Broadmoor, and widespread access to Leeds General Infirmary.

He has since been described as Britain’s most prolific paedophile, a man who groomed a nation.

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