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Nine Savile complaints 'ignored'
26 Feb 2015 19:07
Nine informal complaints were made about paedophile Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital but none "were either taken seriously or escalated to senior management", a report into his abuse of 60 victims there has found.
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A formal complaint was also made but dropped due to the victim's ill health, the report into his 24-year campaign of abuse there said.
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A second report, into how Savile abused hundreds of other victims under the eyes of NHS staff at 41 hospitals around the country, was also released.
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It sets out a string of recommendations to ensure it cannot happen again.
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The findings raise questions about the role of the government at the time in "undermining statutory or conventional governance processes" after the UK Department of Health made him chairman of trustees for a charity appeal in the 1980s, the report by Kate Lampard, said.
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She was appointed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to oversee the investigations.
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They also indicate "the need for us to examine safeguarding arrangements in NHS hospitals, the raising of complaints and matters of concern and how managers and staff respond to complaints", the independent report added.
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Evidence from Savile's victims at Stoke Mandeville suggest his shocking behaviour was an "open secret" as early as 1973 after he started working at the Buckinghamshire hospital as a voluntary porter "with no checks, monitoring or supervision in place".
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Thirty-seven of his victims, who included hospital patients, visitors and staff, were interviewed for the report and told of behaviour ranging from groping to rape.
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