Savile Links to Leicester Children's Home Investigated

21 January 2014, 13:21

The NHS is going to investigate Jimmy Savile's connections with a former home for sick children in Leicester.

Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home becomes the 33rd health institution to be subject to an NHS examination, with Savile's connections to 32 hospitals already under review.

Savile is thought to have used his position to abuse vulnerable patients, many of them children, at hospitals.

The final reports for all the investigations are expected to be completed by June.

'Incidents may have occurred over 40 years ago'

Carole Ribbins, Director of Nursing and Safeguarding lead told Capital:

'The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust can confirm that it has been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Children’s Convalescent Home, Woodhouse Eaves (which has since closed), for us to investigate. 

'This Trust believes it may be the legacy organisation for this home where incidents may have occurred over 40 years ago.  We will thoroughly investigate the evidence we have been given and ensure, as appropriate, that any lessons are learnt for the future.'

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

Further investigations were announced at 10 hospitals across the country before another 19 were announced last November.

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