Hospital regrets Savile victims’ ‘harrowing ordeal’

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Stoke Mandeville Hospital has expressed its ‘immense regret’ for the victims of sex abuser Jimmy Savile.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust issued a new statement following another ITV documentary on the late DJ, The Jimmy Savile Investigation: Exposure Update.

The trust said it had direct dialogue with victims and had heard ‘directly, with immense regret, the harrowing ordeal they experience with Jimmy Savile’.

The Metropolitan Police are now investigating 16 cases of sex abuse at the hospital linked to Savile.

It adds: “We are looking in-depth at Jimmy Savile’s dealings with the hospital and what access he was given. This review is being independently overseen by Kate Lampard, on behalf of the Department of Health to ensure that it is robust and any lessons for the NHS can be quickly shared and acted upon.”

The trust will hold its first board meeting since the scandal broke on Wednesday at Wycombe Hospital.

The trust’s full statement:

These shocking allegations are about serious crimes and it is essential they are first investigated by the police who are the proper criminal authorities and have the expertise, power and experience to uncover the truth and identify criminality, wherever it is.

The trust is pro-actively working with the police to fully support their investigation. We will also act on information the police uncover and provide to us when they have concluded their investigatory and legal processes and ensure that any abuse or misconduct discovered is dealt with.

We have had a direct dialogue with victims who have contacted us in the last few weeks and have heard directly, with immense regret, of the harrowing ordeal they experienced with Jimmy Savile. We have encouraged all victims to contact the police and have shared with police all the information we have identified from our ongoing investigation.

To supplement the work of the police investigation, we are thoroughly reviewing all information available within the trust to establish the processes and arrangements in place over the past forty years. We are looking in-depth at Jimmy Savile’s dealings with the hospital and what access he was given. This review is being independently overseen by Kate Lampard, on behalf of the Department of Health to ensure that it is robust and any lessons for the NHS can be quickly shared and acted upon.

We take the protection of our patients very seriously and have clear safeguarding processes in place, particularly for children. Our safeguarding procedures have passed all national standards and inspections and are subject to regular and independent assessment.

In addition to meeting these standards, we are also reviewing our current safeguarding procedures, with the independent Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, to give our patients, communities and staff the assurances they expect about the quality and safety of their NHS services.