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NHS pays £1.1m compensation to Jimmy Savile’s victims

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 15 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l232
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 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 …

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