Savile committed 50 criminal offences on 14 hospital sites, say police

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f261
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Thirteen hospitals and a hospice have been named in a police report as playing host to the television presenter Jimmy Savile’s abuse of children over more than 50 years.

Leeds General Infirmary and Stoke Mandeville Hospital were the main locations of Savile’s alleged offending, with a total of 38 crimes reported to have taken place at the two sites between 1965 and 1995.

So far 214 criminal offences have been formally recorded against Savile, including 126 indecent acts and 34 offences of rape or penetration. Of these alleged offences, 50 were reported as taking place on hospital and hospice premises.

The report, Giving Victims a Voice, says that 450 people have come forward to allege incidents against Savile between 1955 and 2009. Most of his victims (73%) were children (under 18 years old), and 82% were female.1 The peak of the offending that has been reported was from 1966 to 1976, when Savile …

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