Reaction to Savile hospital reports

Key points

  • Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades
  • He abused patients in their beds, in corridors and in offices, reviews find
  • He posed for photos and abused corpses in the Leeds General Hospital mortuary, it is alleged
  • The whole country will share "a deep sense of revulsion", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells MPs
  • He was an "opportunistic sexual predator" whose victims included patients, visitors and staff
  • Kate Lampard's review looks into the late broadcaster's involvement with 28 NHS hospitals

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  • Lyndsey Telford 
  • Liam Allen 
  • Sherie Ryder 
  • Nasidi Yahaya 

Last updated 26 June 2014


Good morning from BBC News. Welcome to our live page. We will be delivering live updates as details of a review into accounts of sexual abuse and improper conduct by Jimmy Savile in 28 NHS hospitals are revealed.


A series of reports into what was known at the time of the abuse will be published. They will look at whether the hospitals had any reports or warnings of abuse.


Kate Lampard QC was appointed to oversee the individual hospital investigations. They are expected to identify opportunities that were missed to confront Savile's offending over a period of more than 50 years.


Much of the focus will be on inquiries carried out at Leeds General Infirmary and at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital. Savile had extensive access at Broadmoor, including an office and his own living quarters.

BREAKING 10:03 Breaking News

Savile's victims at Leeds General Infirmary ranged in age from five to 75, a report has revealed.


The Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) inquiry included the testimonies of 60 people who told investigators of their experiences with Savile. Thirty-three were patients. The majority were teenagers at the time of the alleged abuse - 19 were under 16. Nineteen were hospital staff.


The LGI inquiry panel said Savile started working on the hospital radio service. He then became a regular visitor, as a celebrity and a fundraiser. In 1968, he became a volunteer porter.


In a press conference outlining some of the findings, Kate Lampard QC says she has carefully considered the question of whether investigations into the abuse carried out by a dead man are necessary.


"My view is that these investigations are essential," Ms Lampard says. "Victims deserve an explanation for what happened to them."


Ms Lampard adds: "The investigation reports make clear that most of Savile's victims... have welcomed the opportunity to give evidence."