Today the Department of Health has laid a Written Ministerial Statement about the investigations into Jimmy Savile and the NHS.
The Metropolitan Police Service has completed a document review and transferred material concerning Jimmy Savile and the NHS to the Department of Health. The information has been passed onto the relevant hospital trust for further investigation as appropriate. The list of additional hospitals that will be undertaking investigations has been laid in Parliament.
A Department of Health spokesperson said:
As part of the recent Metropolitan Police Service document review in connection with Jimmy Savile, the Department of Health has passed on information relating to 19 further hospitals in England. The information has been passed to the relevant hospital trust for further investigation as appropriate.
Kate Lampard will provide general assurance of the quality of the final reports of all the NHS investigations on behalf of the Department of Health. We expect the final reports of these investigations to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible.
It is essential that all the information is considered and investigations are thorough in order to learn the lessons about Jimmy Savile’s pattern of offending.