LONDON (TIP): Investigation reports unveiled to the public for the first time on June 16 confirming that renowned DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abuse patients in National Health Service hospitals across the UK for more than four decades.
The victims ranged from five-year-old children to 75-yearold pensioners and included men, women, boys and girls who were patients, visitors and staff. Savile, a Radio 1 DJ who also presented the BBC’s Top Of The Pops died aged 84 in October 2011, a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children came out. A series of reports have revealed that he “wore huge rings that he said were made from the glass eyes of dead bodies” held in the mortuary of these hospitals.
The entertainer is also believed to have “interfered with the bodies of deceased patients”. Investigators confirmed of accounts where Savile “acted unacceptably” with dead bodies in the mortuary at Leeds General Infirmary. Claims of abuse at 28 NHS hospitals were confirmed through the investigations. Permanent secretary of the department of health Una O’Brien said, “Today’s reports detail the depraved activities of Jimmy Savile and make for shocking reading.
On behalf of the previous department of health and social security we are deeply sorry that inadequate processes in 1988 enabled Jimmy Savile to occupy a position of authority that he used to abuse his victims at Broadmoor Hospital.” A joint statement by NHS England said, “The abusive behaviour of Jimmy Savile on NHS premises described in today’s reports is truly awful. Our sympathy is with all the victims and we acknowledge their bravery in coming forward to talk to the investigations.”