Savile abuse claim linked to former mental health hospital
A case of sexual abuse reportedly carried out by Jimmy Savile at a hospital in Exeter relates to a mental health organisation, the trust investigating it has revealed.
The Exeter hospital is one of 13 NHS trusts and hospitals being investigated by the Department of Health over alleged sexual abuse by the former DJ.
It was made public in the Giving Victims a Voice report, published by the NSPCC and Metropolitan Police in January, that a hospital in Exeter had been linked to abuse carried out by Savile in 1970.
However, the revelation this week by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust has shed a little more light on the possible attack.
The case is currently under investigation by the chief executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust on behalf of the NHS, despite it relating to a mental health organisation that no longer exists and is unrelated to it.
The alleged abuse would have taken place at an Exeter hospital, four years before a new hospital was opened at Heavitree in 1974, and subsequently rebuilt.
A spokesman for Devon Partnership NHS Trust said: "The Giving Victims a Voice report, published by the NSPCC and Metropolitan Police in January 2013, listed 13 reported offences involving Jimmy Savile and NHS organisations, one of which was a case at an 'Exeter Hospital' in 1970.
"The Chief Executive of Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has led the investigation into this case, which has been supported by Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
"While we are unable to share any detailed information at this point, we can confirm that the case relates to a mental health organisation that no longer exists and is unrelated to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust."
Last December, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it had received six complaints of abuse committed by Savile, while four further complaints of alleged abuse of youngsters during visits to the Royal Marines' prestigious Commando Training Centre in Lympstone were revealed in June.
Investigations were launched into activities at Broadmoor, Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary following abuse revelations last year, followed by inquiries at 10 other trusts in January.
Speaking earlier this week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, revealed more hospitals could be brought in to the NHS investigation in light of new information being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
As a result, he said it was likely the publication of the report will be delayed until June 2014 as a result of the new information.