Savile Hospital Abuse Full Extent Revealed - Living And Dead Victims
DJ kept glass eyes of his dead victims in his rings.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to deliver an apology shortly in the House of Commons for the access Jimmy Savile was granted to abuse patients in hospitals around the country, as truly shocking details have emerged.
Inquiries at different NHS trusts have reported a horrendous catalogue of crimes by the disgraced DJ who appears to have been given a free reign to sexualy abuse people for nearly five decades.
His victims in 28 hospitals across the UK ranged from five-year-olds to pensioners and included men, women, boys and girls, who were patients, visitors and staff, the living and the dead.
The results of the inquiry at Leeds General Infirmary found that he abused 60 people at the hospital where he started working as a hospital DJ. Staff also gave detectives "macabre accounts" of Savile "acting unacceptably" with dead bodies in the mortuary of the hospital.
One witness in the inquiry’s report said the deceased TV personality “wore huge rings that he said were made from the glass eyes of dead bodies” there."
Dr Sue Proctor, who led the investigation into his abuse at Leeds, said a student nurse recalled a conversation with Savile in which he claimed he performed sex acts on the dead. According to the investigation, staff were told about some of the incidents but no allegations reached senior managers.
The inquiry panel said that he started working on the hospital radio service, then visited regularly as a celebrity, a fundraiser and from 1968, a volunteer porter. He had access to keys to various departments, offices in the hospital and even access to the mortuary.
The inquiry found that Savile enjoyed unrestricted access to the hospital as he raised £3.5 million through his charity activities. This gave him the opportunities he needed to indulge in abusive and inappropriate contact with patients and staff.
Other hospital trusts have also investigated the access and abuse that Savile ceaselessly enjoyed, including Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital, where the TV personality had extensive access too.
Jimmy Savile came to fame with his stint as a Radio 1 DJ and as a presenter on popular TV programmes Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It; he passed away aged 84 back in October 2011. A year later allegations of sexual abuse of children were exposed in an ITV documentary, which lead to further investigations and over one hundred victims coming forward claiming abuse on NHS premises from Savile.
Solicitor Richard Scorer, who represents some of Savile’s victims, believes that if some of the abuse allegations were taken more seriously by NHS staff at the time, he would have been caught a lot earlier. A report in January 2013 into the actions of the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed this, concluding that Jimmy could have been prosecuted in 2009 if claims had been taken more seriously.
A sixteen-year-old victim told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme how she was laughed at by nurses at a Leeds hospital when she told them of the sexual abuse she had suffered at the hands of Jimmy Savile: "It's only after it's all happened, I think you just feel dirty, you feel ridiculously stupid."
Roberta, who worked at Broadmoor in the 1980s, said that the NHS staff “failed in their duty of care to those patients.” Their negligence, she claimed, meant that the most vulnerable women in the psychiatric system were allowed to be abused again in a “system that was supposed to be protecting them.”
The Department of Health investigated 35 health institutions, with reports being published on 28, three being delayed due to new information, two opening new investigations and two being dismissed due to a lack of evidence.
The inquiry into sexual abuse and improper conduct at the BBC is due to be reported in September. An NSPCC report earlier this month claimed that there have been more than 500 victims in this case, some as young as two-years-old.