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Savile victims to pursue compensation claims against BBC, NHS and others

The lawyer who represents over 50 of his victims said that compensation was the only option left available to them at this stage.

File photo dated 01/01/72 of DJ Jimmy Savile
File photo dated 01/01/72 of DJ Jimmy Savile
Image: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

UPWARDS OF 50 people who were abused by Jimmy Savile are to seek compensation from the BBC and the National Health Service (NHS).

The victims, who are represented by the lawyer Liz Dux, are to also seek compensation from the late-presenters estate.

Yesterday’s report by the Metropolitan Police Service and the NSPCC detailed Savile’s litany of abuses, which included, in all, 214 offences, including 34 rapes.

Speaking on behalf of the victims she represents, Dux said that at this stage “compensation is the only thing we can really do for them”, according to RTÉ. She went on to say:

It is for getting their stories out there to get them believed and to prevent it from happening again. You don’t do it for the money.

A number of hospitals in which the victims were resident at the time of the abuse are also believed to be included on the list of organisations from which compensation will be sought.

Dux stated, however, that none of the claims would be pursued until all inquiries into Savile’s conduct had concluded.

Read: Report details Savile abuse in hospitals, hospice and TV studios >

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