A further 19 hospitals are to carry out investigations into their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile.

Police have passed material about Savile to the Department of Health, which has in turn passed it on to the 19 hospital trusts involved to investigate.

In a written statement, Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "We expect the final reports of all the investigations to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible."  

These latest investigations brings the total number of hospitals under investigation to 32.

After details first emerged about cases of alleged abuse by Savile in hospitals, three major investigations were launched at Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor Hospital.

Further investigations were then announced at ten hospitals across the country. These latest inquiries come off the back of investigations by the Metropolitan Police into Savile.

Detectives investigating the cases of abuse gleaned further information that patients at 19 further hospitals could have been targeted by Savile and so further inquiries have been ordered.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "It is essential that all the information is considered and investigations are thorough in order to learn the lessons about Jimmy Savile's pattern of offending."

Savile is believed to have abused hundreds of victims.