Fresh fears have been raised about the extent of disgraced TV star Jimmy Savile’s activities at Leeds General Infirmary, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal today.
Hospital bosses said in October that they had been contacted by two people about alleged incidents involving Savile at the LGI in the 1970s.
Now, though, it has emerged that more potential cases have come to light in recent weeks.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust yesterday said the number of alleged incidents involving Savile on its premises currently stands at six.
All are understood to relate to the LGI, where Savile worked as a volunteer porter at the height of his fame in the 1970s.
The new figure was confirmed to the YEP following a request made to the trust under the Freedom of Information Act.
In its response, the trust says it cannot comment on the nature of the incidents, as doing so could prejudice “the prevention or detection of crime”.
The trust also says that no complaints appear to have been made about Savile at the LGI prior to the current scandal, which blew up in October following an ITV documentary about the Leeds-born presenter.
It also admits, though, that details of complaints lodged in the past could yet be uncovered, saying: “Much of the contact Jimmy Savile had with our hospitals dates back over a period of four decades.
“An internal investigation will be conducted, including a review of documents covering that period, and it is therefore possible that as a result of that work, additional information will be generated.”
It was not clear today if any of the six incidents include an indecent assault alleged to have been carried out by Savile at the LGI in 1972.
York pensioner June Thornton claimed in October that she saw him molesting a young woman recovering in the LGI’s Brotherton Wing after surgery.
There have also been allegations – disputed by the trust – that Savile would regularly take teenage girls to an accommodation block at the hospital in the late 1980s.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, meanwhile, has received claims about sexual misconduct by LGI staff acting “in collusion” with the star.
Savile is also said to have abused patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire and Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire.
The Jim’ll Fix It host died at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, last year at the age of 84.
* Chat show host Michael Parkinson has questioned why Savile was given so much access to hospitals. Parkinson told Classic FM: “What on earth was he doing, what was his reason to be at Broadmoor? What was his reason to be at Stoke Mandeville?”