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Trust’s plan to uncover truth of Jimmy Savile at Leeds General Infirmary

TEN POINT-PLAN: Health chiefs are investigating Jimmy Saviles links with the hospital.

TEN POINT-PLAN: Health chiefs are investigating Jimmy Saviles links with the hospital.

Hospital chiefs have unveiled a ten-point plan as they investigate claims Jimmy Savile abused patients in Leeds.

Bosses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) are leading an investigation into the disgraced DJ’s association with Leeds General Infirmary and its predecessor bodies following allegations he sexually abused patients and staff.

The investigation will examine and account for Savile’s association with the trust and its predecessor bodies.

A detailed report will consider whether he had special access or privileges, as well as reviewing past and current complaints and incidents concerning his behaviour at any of the hospitals owned or managed by the Trust.

The panel – which includes Maggie Boyle, the chief executive of LTHT – will review whether Savile’s celebrity status held up or blocked investigations.

The inquiry will also look at the Jim’ll Fix It host’s fundraising activities and review policies and practices including safeguarding, access to patients and employment checks.

The trust will work with former barrister Kate Lampard, who has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, to oversee investigations at Broadmoor Hospital and Stoke Mandeville.

Ms Lampard said: “It is important that victims of this abuse can be certain these investigations discover exactly what happened and what went wrong.

“That is why I have worked with all the teams to ensure their investigations are following robust procedures that will reassure victims and produce effective results. By satisfying myself that all the investigations are working to the same goals, I’ll be able to undertake a ‘lessons learned’ exercise to ensure any relevant findings benefit the wider NHS.”

The investigations should be completed next year.

The YEP revealed earlier this month that the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said the number of alleged incidents involving Savile on its premises currently stands at six.

 

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