NHS pays £1.1m compensation to Jimmy Savile’s victimsBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l232 (Published 15 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l232
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
Abuse by the prolific sex offender Jimmy Savile on NHS premises has cost the health service £1.1m (€1.2m; $1.4m) in compensation and legal fees, after his estate contributed just over £53 000 towards these claims.
About £600 000 of the NHS’s contribution went on legal fees, and the remaining £500 000 was paid in damages to 52 victims, showed figures up to 31 October 2018 released under freedom of information laws.
Savile, a DJ and television presenter for the BBC who raised millions of pounds for charity, abused scores of victims over a 50 year period, but his crimes came to light only after his death at age 84 in …