'No Evidence' Of Savile Abuse In Cardiff

26 June 2014, 17:18

A Welsh health board says there is no evidence Jimmy Savile abused a patient at a Cardiff hospital.

Reports detailing the extent of his offending at 28 NHS sites have been released.

An inquiry started after a woman came forward claiming Savile touched her while she was a patient at Cardiff Royal Infirmary in the 1960's.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says hundreds of documents have been looked at as part of an investigation but no evidence was found to back up her allegation.

Investigators also failed to find any information that showed Jimmy Savile had been in the Welsh capital at that time.

Detail from today's reports have been described as "harrowing and disturbing".

At Leeds General Infirmary, Savile's victims included boys, girls, men and women aged between five and 75.

At Broadmoor high security hospital, he was able to abuse at least five people.

Investigators discovered members of staff at the Leeds General Infirmary failed to pass on complaints of abuse to senior managers, who could have acted to stop it happening.

They also found "clear failings" in the way access to wards in Broadmoor was controlled, as Savile had keys allowing him unrestricted access to ward areas within the security perimeter.

A joint statement from NHS chiefs described the findings of the investigations as "truly awful", while both current chief executives of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which covers Broadmoor, apologised to victims.

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