Jimmy Savile abuse probe widens to include two Rochdale hospitals

New investigations have been launched into the disgraced DJ and TV presenter’s links to Birch Hill Hospital and Scott House Hospital

Birch Hill Hospital and inset, Jimmy Saville

Fresh abuse allegations at two Rochdale hospitals have emerged against disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.
New investigations have been launched into the former TV presenter’s links to Birch Hill Hospital and Scott House Hospital, both in Rochdale, it was revealed today.
Birch Hill Hospital is governed by Pennine Acute NHS Trust and Scott House Hospital in Norden, a former children’s home, is run by Calderstones NHS Foundation Trust.
Today Scott House provides treatment and care to people with complex needs in a secure settings.
The NHS Legacy Unit, which provides oversight of NHS investigations into alleged abuse by Savile on health premises, has passed on information from victims and the Metropolitan Police to both trusts.
The fresh abuse allegations, which widen the inquiry into Savile to Rochdale, have been made in relation to 12 new NHS Trusts.
The allegations cover nine hospitals and health services which have not featured in earlier inquiries – including both Birch Hill and Scott House.
The fresh claims have emerged since 28 reports from investigation’s into Savile’s activities witin the NHS were published in June, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a written statement.
Outstanding investigation reports, including an investigation into Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, have been delayed until later in the year at the request of prosecutors, he added.
There will also be a delay to the publication of investigations into alleged abuse by Savile in children’s homes and schools, which are overseen by the Department for Education.
Mr Hunt confirmed new investigations have been launched into Birch Hill Hospital and Scott House Hospital.
Findings in the NHS investigation reports published in June said Savile committed ‘truly awful’ abuse against patients at hospitals across the country and even boasted about having sex with corpses.
Branded an ‘opportunistic sexual predator’ by investigators, Savile used the NHS and his celebrity status to ‘exploit and abuse’ patients and staff.
Efa Schimdt, abuse lawyer with Manchester-baseed Slater and Gordon, which represents 169 of Jimmy Savile’s victims, said: “Very sadly I am not surprised that the investigations into Jimmy Savile’s horrific reign of abuse continues to widen.
The most important thing is to get to the truth. We must not stop until we know absolutely everything about how Savile was able to carry out decades of abuse in plain sight.”
Ex-Radio 1 DJ Savile, who also presented the Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, died aged 84 in October 2011 – a year before allegations emerged.

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