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Abuse creates 'huge challenge' for NHS

Children as young as eight were abused by Jimmy Savile, a report detailing 50 years of allegations has revealed.

The Met Police and NSPCC outlined offences at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street in London and Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.

Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, the report said.

Speaking on The World at One, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told presenter Shaun Ley that the "scale of the challenge facing the NHS is absolutely huge".

"Victims have not yet given their consent for their names to be released to the institutions... where they alleged that something happened," Mr Hunt said.

Receiving this information would allow police investigations to proceed more quickly, he explained.

  • 11 Jan 2013
  • From the section UK