Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Savile Probe Extends to Two North East Hospitals

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Savile Probe Extends to Two North East Hospitals

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter

HOSPITALS in the North East have become embroiled in the Jimmy Savile police investigation, it has emerged.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that 19 more hospitals are being looked at in the alleged abuse scandal, including Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and the Dryburn Hospital, which was formerly on the site of University Hospital of North Durham.

Health bosses in the region say the investigation in Newcastle relates to one former patient of a children's ward at the RVI contacting the police Savile inquiry line, and the Dryburn probe does not involve any contact with Savile and a patient. The alleged incident in Newcastle is thought to have taken place in the early 1990's when Savile arrived at the hospital unannounced around the time of the Great North Run, which he regularly took part in.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It is believed to be in relation to a children's ward, that has now been demolished.

"We have been seeking feedback from staff, the majority of who have retired, and no concerns have been expressed. We are being as thorough as we can in our investigations.

"It is understood that Jimmy Savile presented at the hospital ad hoc. There is no evidence of any fundraising activities and it was not part of any structured support for the hospital."

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

Further investigations were then announced at 10 hospitals across the country. These latest inquiries come off the back of investigations by the Metropolitan Police into Savile.

Detectives investigating the cases of abuse gleaned further information that patients at the 19 hospitals could have been targeted by Savile and so further inquiries were ordered. …

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