A FURTHER 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, including four in Yorkshire.
They are in addition to an initial 13 inquiries into hospitals which are believed to have been visited by Savile who is thought to have used his position to abuse vulnerable patients, many of them children.
The total number of hospitals being investigated is 32 and they now include Seacroft in Leeds, Pinderfields in Wakefield, the former De La Pole hospital in Hull and the former Whitby Memorial Hospital.
They join four other Yorkshire hospitals already under the microscope – Leeds General Infirmary, St James’s in Leeds, Dewsbury and District Hospital and High Royds Hospital, the former psychiatric hospital at Menston, near Leeds.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said: “The inclusion of Pinderfields in the inquiry is a worrying development. I want the Mid Yorkshire trust to thoroughly investigate Jimmy Savile’s association with Pinderfields Hospital and for the results of that investigation to be published as soon as possible.”
The latest inquiries come on the back of investigations by the Metropolitan Police into Savile.
In a written statement to MPs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said former barrister Kate Lampard, who was asked to oversee the Department of Health’s investigations into Savile, will also oversee the latest inquiries.
He said: “Names of the hospitals are taken from the information received. These include hospitals that may have closed, in which case the information has been passed on to the legacy organisation.
“We expect the final reports of all the investigations to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible.”
Liz Dux, a lawyer representing 72 victims, said: “Whilst the victims of Savile would wish to ensure that the NHS inquiry is as comprehensive as possible, they have real concerns as to why the Department of Health has only just started its investigations into other hospitals now.”