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Savile: 'Victims' Prepare To Sue NHS And BBC
The Department of Health is to investigate how Jimmy Savile was allowed to work as a volunteer following allegations that he abused and raped patients at Broadmoor hospital in the 1970s and 1980s.
A spokeswoman said there would be an investigation into how the TV presenter was appointed to lead a "taskforce" overseeing a restructuring of the hospital's management.
In a statement, the department said: "We will investigate the Department of Health's conduct in apparently appointing Savile to this role.
"Although the framework for child protection and safeguarding for Broadmoor and other special hospital patients changed radically in 1999, we of course want to establish the circumstances and see if any lessons can be learned.
"In hindsight, he should very obviously not have been appointed. Had anyone involved in the appointment been aware of allegations of abuse against Savile, we would not have expected him to have been appointed."
It comes as lawyers acting for Savile's alleged victims are said to be considering taking legal action against several NHS trusts and the BBC.
Lawyer Liz Dux, of Slater and Gordon, and an expert in personal injury and child abuse cases, told The Guardian newspaper she was acting for a number of women who want to sue on the grounds of vicarious liability.
Meanwhile, a former BBC governor has told Sky News she is "horrified" by the Savile allegations and that it is vital to discover what behaviour was tolerated at the corporation.
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said it was important the public understood what decisions were taken over the airing of the Newsnight programme looking into the scandal.
"The Newsnight inquiry seems to me to be relatively simple, that is establishing what the facts were, about the decision by the Newsnight team to abandon their investigation," she said.
"It's a programme with a good track record but there is clearly something there to be investigated and, for the record, to be put straight."
Scotland Yard is pursuing 340 lines of inquiry in the Savile abuse case, involving 40 alleged victims, the force revealed.
In an interview with Sky News, the Childline founder and long-time BBC presenter Esther Rantzen described rumours she heard about Savile during her time at the corporation as "extremely vague".
"The rumours that I heard were extremely vague. It was said that Jimmy Savile liked very young girls. That's all I heard," she said.
"But rumour isn't actually knowing ... so many rumours are completely false. All rumours are almost impossible to find the evidence to prove one way or another.
"The people who were spreading the rumours didn't know Jimmy Savile at all ... at my level all I heard was people who never met Jimmy Savile talking about things in the vaguest possible way, rumours which could have been completely untrue."
The abuse campaigner Shy Keenan told The Sun newspaper on Saturday that she told Ms Rantzen about allegations against Savile some 18 years ago.
Asked about the claims, Ms Rantzen replied: "I have no memory whatever of this lady. I'm sorry to be disrespectful, but I don't remember the conversation at all.
"She said in The Sun that she told me about rumours. If she did, I would have said to her: 'Can you take it any further; can you discover any evidence; can you pass it to the police'."
The Metropolitan Police Service, which is investigating the Savile claims, said it had officially recorded 12 allegations of sexual offences against the TV presenter, but expected that number to increase.
Met detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the late Top Of The Pops host continues to rise.
Staff at the University of Bedfordshire also revealed that they had revoked an honorary degree that had been awarded to the star.
A statement said: "The honorary award for Jimmy Savile was in recognition of his charitable fundraising. It was given in good faith in 2009 without the knowledge of the current very serious allegations.
"In this light, the University of Bedfordshire has confirmed that the honorary award should be rescinded."
BBC Director-General George Entwistle announced in a news conference the corporation would launch a "forensic and soul-searching" independent review into the culture and practices at the BBC in the wake of the allegations.
He said a second review would also be carried out into the decision by Newsnight editors not to broadcast an expose on Savile.
He said: "I would like to offer a profound and heart-felt apology on behalf of the BBC to every victim. The BBC will not avoid confronting the events of its past.
"Jimmy Savile's victims have faced years of pain. We owe it to them and our audiences to investigate how this could have happened."
Former BBC Director-General Greg Dyke said he knew nothing of the allegations until two weeks ago.
Savile, who raised millions of pounds by running marathons and half-marathons, has now been removed from the Great North Run'' Hall of Fame.
what do you think?
Steven James Farmer
yes what a suprise. knew it.
You expected it, like most civilised people, there's a "surprise". If people are raped , you believe they should keep quiet. If they sue for money, it lights your fuse and everyone is then a scrounger. Get down from your high horse, and look at the damage. These people are entitled. The usual chancers will be found out, but you would have all and sundry dismissed. Pathetic.
So the Money Train is pulling out of the Station just about now. Nearly as good as PPI. If there was no money involved, would thay come forwards? I doubt it.
definitely not. money grabbers its so obvious. most people i discuss it with agree. people are shocked at allegations, dont believe half of it.
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Great - let's take even more money out of the NHS - so we can put lots more people at risk. Excellent logic! Still it will boost the lawyers income I suppose..
said it was all for money. go on drain cash strapped nhs.
crazy isnt it. how can money help the so called victims, few hols abroad maybe with counsellor in tow. pathetic
Andrea,you seen to have taken a fair amount of flack lately,I can't see these people at the moment can you!
Andrea, if we follow your logic, no one is entitled to compensation for anything. If the NHS is at fault, which it is in a ton of cases, then it should pay up. And , to avoid a repeat , ensure dirty filthy old paedos like this, don't get the chance again.
Can anyone explain to me how Esther Ranzen had the front to a) Write a newspaper article in which she admitted that she had heared "roumers" about Saville & children. b) Went on TV and spouted the same thing. Wasn't this the same woman who fronted a Child Protection Drive? If she knew, and "Ipso Facto" did nothing about it, then I think she should crawl under the nearest stone where she belongs.
Much as I sympathise with this man`s victim`s it would seem to me that the BBC and the NHS Have also been wronged. Lawyers at work again !!
how does taking money from the NHS, that means sick people go without treatment, in any way make things any better for the ALLEDGED victims of abuse? selfish,greedy scroungers.
Yes, if money was never an issue, why has the ''compensation4u'' brigade come out of the woodwork ? They originally said it was all about justice ! Screwing the NHS ? We've been shot down in flames over our 'cynical' views, but we saw it coming. Andrea has taken a lot of stick over this, but she's at the sharp end, a situation that I also am familiar with.
Precisely right and soon it will be a case of ..'Is there anyone in the UK who was not molested by Sir Jimmy Saville?'
thank you stegwyn. x
In the same way compensation cures anything. It doesn't grow soldiers legs back on, and they sign up to be shot at. Are they scroungers ?? Scroungers... !!! People that have been raped and abused , and you call them scroungers. A Jim'll fix it fan are you, .
Vlad,no it doesn't grow soldiers legs back on but it helps to pay for better prosthetics, help in rehabilitation, actual physical things that will help the afflicted person in recovery. I'm afraid ten or twenty grand is not going to make things any better in any way fire these alleged victims or Mr fix it
soldiers losing limbs is a totally different situation. they deserve evey penny they get. ( in fact they dont get enough). there is no proof in.these allegations,hope they get nothing.
Greg Dyke spent a long time in teelvision management but is now claiming not to know anything?
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Take the money from his estate, surely he left something when he passed away.
His estate has been apportioned, so no chage from there I'm afraid.
Nice thought, but i think his family have taken it all. Maybe they will give it back as a sign of their support for the victims. I'm laughing as i type.
Afraid you're right, Roger, and the the possibility of any re-apportionment decreases with every new claimant.
How there is a supprise, They should not be allowed to claim compensation as they kept quiet even when they were adults and waited. Some victims could have been avoided the assults. They should be dennied compensation in the courts.
Don't talk s##t. If they were abused, they are entitled to sue. They kept quiet because of the protection this animal had. You would have been laughed out of court. Now the evidence has been allowed into the open, because he has no power as a dead man. Did i say , Man.!!And if you're going to make a comment, make sure it's legible. Bloody awful grammar, it has to be said.
How is money going to make things better I thought this was about"justice"..if justice is what they want the"victims" should have done something a long time ago, guess what, the train has left the station, if you truly were so badly affected, if you didn't speak up and you knew something, if you did this and only now speak out, well, for one you don't deserve money and two don't you feel a little guilty for allowing another"victim" to be assaulted. money money money is not going to help anyone!!
Now it's started, the compensation woodworms are pouring out of the woodwork and before long half the female population will have decided they were abused by jimmy saville. See what happens when you have trial by media and witchfinder hysteria, mass hysterics and a lust for money plus their 10minutes of press fame. His gravestone has been removed, his name removed from the great north runs hall of fame and there are those out there who in time will be out to dig up his body and desecrate it. This should have been left as low profile as possible until the proper authorities ie; Scotland Yard had been given time to conduct a proper and professional investigation. It shames us all!
it does shame us all. this should of been deallt with quietly and professionally. i think it dreadful it has come to light after the man has died. Got a feeling it will come to nothing in end.
You can't desecrate a piece of s##t, Roger. If people are entitled to sue because they were abused, then so be it.
As i said yesterday his grave is under police guard and the police believe the body is going to be exhumed and moved to a secret location.
I know the nhs and bbc proberly had a duty of care for the victims but this means ultimatly the money they receive wii come out of the public purse.where as it ought to come out of the savile estate.
Excellent point, Shaun.
Also im pleased to see that orange are no longer referring to him as "SIR"jimmy saviie.
Louis Theroux did an interview with Savile. During it I kept thinking "what a vile man". He just came across as creepy. The 'victims' deserve some sort of compensation,tho I agree not necessarily money. And if they were to win substantial amounts I hope they donate at least a generous amount to a charity related to abuse of this nature.
Donations would be nice, Nat, but I don't have your faith in human nature.
now there's a surprise NOT. more will come out of the woodwork with the thought of a payout, now its in the public domain.i hope they reduce whatever payment they get ( if any ) by an amount for every year thery said nothing and let others suffer.
the bbc is full of abuse....trust me , but you will only find out when you decide not to buy a tv licence.....they use scare tactics , and are worse than bailiffs......i look forward to the day when it all comes crashing in on them, and it will for sure
Your talking about 10s of thousands of pounds the victims will get but 100s of thousands. Ive just rememderd that i was abused by jimmy savile is well
the smell of money is in the air,now any one who even met .J.S.,will be saying he felt me up give me money ££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££
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