Damning Savile report published

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The full extent of the sexual offences carried out at hospitals in Yorkshire has been laid bare in a report published this morning.

However, an investigation into an alleged complaint made about visits by Savile to Whitby Hospital has been unable to verify if the shamed DJ ever visited the hospital.

A former nurse at the site had told Operation Yewtree that he had touched her inappropriately but not in a sexual or intimate way, during a visit in the 1960s.

However, other members of staff who worked at the hospital during that time said when interviewed that they had no recollection of him ever visiting the Whitby unit.

Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chairman of the Trust’s investigation, said: “It is important that the NHS plays its part in investigating allegations relating to Jimmy Savile, and we took our duty to do this seriously.

“Our investigation centred on a single allegation at Whitby Hospital, which was an isolated incident that does not appear to have caused long term harm to the individual concerned.

“Our investigation also highlighted that, fifty years ago, society was very different and we now have much greater awareness of the dangers to vulnerable people, with systems and processes in place to better protect them.”

The report noted that during 50 years of abuse by the presenter at Leeds General Infirmary revealed he had 60 victims at the hospital, aged between five and 75, as his regular presence gave him “something akin to invisibility”.

They included a ten-year-old boy sexually assaulted by Savile while on a trolley waiting for an x-ray and a teenage girl recovering from abdominal surgery. He also forced his tongue into the mouth of a female doctor on a children’s ward in the 1990s, while grabbing her breast.

In one case, a young teenage victim in the 1960 was raped by Savile and was thought to be pregnant, with Savile as the potential father. The presenter then coached her to threaten suicide should staff refuse her request for an abortion.

Nine of the victims, including six patients and three employees, told hospital staff of the abuse, but received an “inadequate professional response”, investigators said.