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Further call for witnesses for joint Broadmoor Hospital - Department of Health investigation into Jimmy Savile

18 June 2013

The investigator looking into Jimmy Savile’s activities including possible sexual abuse at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire is urging anyone with relevant information including former patients and staff to come forward.

Dr Bill Kirkup said he wants to hear from people who have information relevant to the investigation of Jimmy Savile’s activities at Broadmoor Hospital.

The appeal is to former patients and staff of Broadmoor Hospital as well as former Department of Health employees who may have worked with Broadmoor Hospital at the time of Jimmy Savile’s involvement there. Any information provided by witnesses will be investigated thoroughly and sensitively and the identity of patients who contact the investigation will remain confidential, said Dr Kirkup.

He added: “A number of people involved in Broadmoor Hospital have already contacted our investigation and we are interviewing them now.

“But there may be other former patients and staff as well as former Department of Health staff who had contact with Jimmy Savile during the time he was involved with the hospital who have not yet come forward but who may want to share their experiences, however minor they might believe them to be.

“We are working to ensure we have the fullest possible picture of Savile’s time at Broadmoor Hospital so that we are aware of any offences he may have committed during his involvement at the hospital, and any other inappropriate behaviour. Any issues identified by the investigation will be acted upon and appropriate systems will be put in place. Our aim is to reassure the public, patients and staff that our policies and safeguarding procedures are fit for purpose and will prevent recurrence in future.

“We can be contacted via a confidential telephone line, by email or by post and I would urge anyone who wants to contact us to do so now, while we are still gathering evidence and conducting interviews.”

Initial enquiries suggest that Savile first had contact with Broadmoor Hospital in 1967 after a patient wrote to him. At the time Savile was a presenter of the BBC programme ‘Top of the Pops’. Savile’s last visit at Broadmoor is believed to have been in around 2004.

Any former member of staff or patient who wishes to contact the investigation can either:

  • Call the investigation office on 01344 754122
  • Call the confidential telephone helpline on 0800 783 5865
  • Email savileinvestigations@dh.gsi.gov.uk
  • Write to Savile Investigations. Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS

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Notes for Editors:

  1. The Board of West London Mental Health NHS Trust and the Department of Health announced last December that they had commissioned a joint investigation into the role Savile played at the hospital following allegations that he sexually abused patients.
  2. The investigation at Broadmoor has been commissioned jointly with the Department of Health because the hospital reported directly to the Department of Health up to 1989, to the Special Hospitals Service Authority between 1989 and 1996 and to the Broadmoor Hospital Authority between 1996 and 2001. Broadmoor Hospital has been part of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust since 2001.  The investigators are independent of both organisations.
  3. Separate investigations are taking place at Leeds General Infirmary and Stoke Mandeville Hospital into the role Jimmy Savile played at those NHS trusts.
  4. A local oversight panel of independent members is offering challenge and advice to the investigation as its work progresses. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has asked Kate Lampard, a former barrister, to provide independent oversight of all three NHS investigations.
  5. West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital. It aims to meet the diverse needs of a local population of nearly 700,000 people and employs around 3,500 staff across 29 sites.

Contact details: Helene Feger, Director of Communications, T. 020 8354 8847, M. 07817 393 861, E. helene.feger@wlmht.nhs.uk.