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New Unit To Monitor NHS Savile Complaints
The Government believes Jimmy Savile could have abused more patients and staff in NHS hospitals than is currently known.
The Department of Health (DoH) is setting up a special unit to monitor new complaints from victims and to ensure that NHS trusts investigate them properly.
A spokeswoman for the DoH told Sky News the Savile NHS Legacy Unit was being established following publication last month of reports published under the Lampard review into abuse on NHS premises by the disgraced entertainer.
"The NHS has addressed cases reported to date in the reports published last month but we appreciate that there could be other cases," the spokeswoman said.
"(We) want to make sure people are able to come forward to report abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises."
The Lampard review oversaw NHS investigations into Savile's activities at 28 hospital trusts which revealed that he targeted victims aged from five to 75, over decades.
The reports, including a claim that he had sex with corpses, led to an apology from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to victims on behalf of the Government.
The DoH was not able to say how the unit will be constituted or how long it will be maintained, but said it would monitor the response of NHS trusts to any new allegations.
"The Savile NHS Legacy Unit will provide independent oversight and assurance of the investigations conducted by those NHS Trusts," the spokeswoman added.