Written statement to Parliament

Update on Savile investigations relating to the NHS

Statement by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt on progress of investigations into Jimmy Savile in relation to NHS organisations.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Further to my oral statement on 26 June 2014, Official Report, cols 482 -498, I wish to update the House about the investigations into Jimmy Savile and the NHS.

Twenty eight investigation reports into the activities of Jimmy Savile on NHS premises were published on 26 June 2014. We expected the remaining NHS investigation reports, including that relating to Stoke Mandeville, would be published later in the year.

At the request of the Crown Prosecution Service, the publication of the NHS investigations into Jimmy Savile is being delayed until the conclusion of ongoing legal proceedings. Therefore, I wish to advise the House that there will be a delay in the publication of the outstanding NHS investigation reports. We now hope trusts will publish their reports in January 2015, alongside Kate Lampard’s lessons learnt report.

The remaining investigations reports that were not completed in June and are still to be published are:

  Hospital Relevant Trust
1 Stoke Mandeville Hospital Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
2 Rampton Hospital Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
3 Springfield Hospital South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
4 Crawley Hospital Crawley Hospital

Alongside these reports further reports will be produced by new NHS investigations that have come to light since June 2014. The NHS Savile Legacy Unit, chaired by Sue Proctor, is providing independent oversight and assurance of these new NHS investigations. Information provided to the NHS Savile Legacy Unit by victims, and from the Metropolitan Police Service, has been passed on to the following 12 trusts that have responsibility for the relevant hospitals as set out in the table below:

  Hospital Relevant Trust
1 Leeds General Infirmary Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
2 Stoke Mandeville Hospital Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
3 Birch Hill Hospital Rochdale Pennine Acute NHS Trust
4 Scott House Hospital Rochdale Calderstones NHS Foundation Trust
5 Bethlem Royal Hospital South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust
6 Shenley Hospital Shenley Hospital
7 West Yorkshire Ambulance Service Yorkshire Ambulance Service
8 St Martins Hospital Canterbury Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
9 Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
10 Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
11 Meanwood Park Hospital Leeds and York Partnerships Foundation Trust
12 Calderdale Royal Hospital Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Names of the hospitals are taken from the information received. These include hospitals that may have closed in which case the information has been passed on to the legacy organisation. Members interested in particular investigations should contact the relevant Trust.

As a consequence of the CPS request there will also be a corresponding delay to the investigations into Savile in children’s homes and schools, which are overseen by the Department for Education, and to the lessons learnt report by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff.

I will update the House once the legal proceedings conclude.

Published 6 November 2014