Former BBC DJ Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted NHS hospital patients aged between five and 75 over a period of five decades, say investigators.

Savile is reported to have abused patients at 28 different NHS hospitals, including Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, when he had unsupervised access to vulnerable and ‘at risk’ people on the wards.

Investigators heard consistent stories of “verbal, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of Savile” from 60 people aged between five and 75 at Leeds General Infirmary and 11 more at Broadmoor, with the veteran DJ taking advantage of his celebrity status to gain unsupervised access to patients.

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health Una O’Brien today 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, and Department of Health, 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.

“The Department of Health accepts that the procedures in 1988 were wholly inadequate for checking whether Jimmy Savile was a suitable person to be given a managerial role.”

She concluded:

“While much has changed in the intervening years we will leave no stone unturned to make sure such appalling actions can never be repeated; our thoughts today are with the people who suffered and continue to suffer from these terrible crimes.”

NHS investigation reports

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