Published On: Fri, Nov 7th, 2014 on 2:23 pm

Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry widens in West Yorkshire

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Three West Yorkshire NHS trusts are to be investigated over fresh claims of abuse by disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that the former Halifax Royal Infirmary in Halifax, Meanwood Park Hospital in Leeds and the West Yorkshire Ambulance Service were today added to the investigations list.

The three are among as many as nine nationwide facing new inquiries, in addition to an investigation already running at Leeds General Infirmary.

Those facing fresh inquiries include West Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the former Halifax Royal Infirmary in Halifax, Meanwood Park Hospital in Leeds, St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale, Scott House Hospital in Rochdale, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London and the Shenley Hospital in Hertfordshire.

The claims have emerged since 28 investigation reports into Savile’s activities in NHS premises were published in June.

The reports showed the now-dead TV and radio presenter committed “truly awful” abuse against patients at hospitals across the country and even boasted about having sex with corpses in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary.

Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 in October 2011.

It was one year before allegations that he had sexually abused children were broadcast in an ITV documentary named Exposure: The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “At the request of the Crown Prosecution Service, the publication of the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile is being delayed until the conclusion of ongoing legal proceedings.

“Therefore, I wish to advise the House that there will be a delay in the publication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports.

“We now hope trusts will publish their reports in January 2015.”

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