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Bucks NHS Hospitals Trust says own probe into Savile claims out at the end of 2013
A HOSPITAL trust’s internal investigation into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal is expected to be completed by the summer.
Buckinghamshire NHS Hospitals Trust launched its own independent probe into the abuse claims made against the Radio 1 DJ by former patients of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The Metropolitan Police and NSPCC’s Giving Victims a Voice report revealed the extent of Savile's sex abuse at institutions across the country.
This included 22 offences at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he was a porter and a fundraiser with his own quarters, and Wycombe Hospital.
The trust’s chief executive, Anne Eden, said its Speaking Out investigation would be concluded in the summer and ready for public release by the end of the year.
She said today: “The investigation is serious and complex, and is currently reviewing files and records from the last forty years before it moves on to meeting and hearing from witnesses.
“We expect to complete the investigatory part of the work by the summer, and to complete the report by the end of 2013.
“As the investigation’s name suggests, it is very keen to hear from anybody with any knowledge they feel could help its work or anybody that needs support because of Jimmy Savile’s alleged behaviour.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact the investigation team so that they can record it, offer support and investigate what happened.
“There will be regular public reports to the Trust Board on the investigation’s progress.”
Speaking Out is being headed up by investigator Dr Androulla Johnstone and overseen by a Local Oversight Panel, led by Trust non-executive director Keith Gilchrist.
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