Internal investigation into Savile abuse scandal ‘would not be appropriate at this stage’: Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Savile at the opening of the 1984 Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville
Savile at the opening of the 1984 Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville

Stoke Mandeville Hospital has ruled out holding its own inquiry into the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal until after the police has concluded its investigations.

It comes after more people came forward claiming they had been abused by the late DJ at the hospital. The BBC has already pledged to hold its own inquiry and could even broadcast a prime-time apology to victims.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust said it had been contacted by the Metropolitan police this week and is supporting them with their inquiries.

It added: “At this stage in the proceedings it would not be appropriate for us to conduct our own internal investigation.

“If their findings suggest that we do need to take further action then we will do so.

“We have advised our staff that if they have any concerns or wish to raise anything relating to the allegations then they should contact their local police force.”

A former patient on the children’s ward said nurses told them to pretend to be asleep to prevent Savile from groping them.

The late DJ joined the hospital as a volunteer porter in 1969 before helping to raise more than £40 million for the hospital.

He was given a free flat on the site and was known to roam the corridors.

It is also alleged Savile kissed a 13 and 15 year old inappropriately on the children’s ward.

A man, 49, alleges Savile tried to fondle him in his Rolls-Royce at a hospital fundraiser when he was nine.

There are also reports Savile used to take young female hospital patients to his dressing room at the BBC after inviting them to watch Jim’ll Fix It.

In one case a magazine journalist went backstage and witnessed a bald 14-year-old girl who was recovering from cancer lying on a bed with Savile.

All of the accusations follow the appearance of Sarah in the ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Sie of Jimmy Savile.

She alleged the DJ had put his tongue down her throat after a choir performance at the hospital.

A senior policeman at Scotland Yard branded the Jim’ll Fix It star a ‘predatory sex offender’ and said more than 125 lines of inquiry are now being followed.

Commander Peter Spindler said eight criminal allegations had been recorded including two rapes and six indecent assaults.

Head of the NSPCC, Peter Watt, said:“Whilst he can obviously never be tried for these alleged crimes, we can support the victims and identify lessons learned to prevent this from happening again.”

The Jimmy Savile Stoke Mandeville Hospital Trust said it is considering changing its name and donating funds to child abuse charities ahead of a meeting on October 22.