26 / 6 / 2014 11.55am
Today sees the published report into the inquiry about the abuse of individuals by Jimmy Savile, within NHS settings. Kate Lampard, a former practising barrister and former Deputy Chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service, was appointed by the Secretary of State in October 2012 to provide assurance that all of the independent investigations were undertaken to an appropriate standard.
28 organisations each published their independent investigation reports that were commissioned as a result of allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile on their premises. There are around five further individual reports that will be published at a later date.
To read more, and to access our web pages for support on the issues raised in the report, see our Savile Inquiry web page.
Responding to today's report in a media statement, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“These reports are shocking and deeply saddening. The bravery of patients and victims in relaying their experiences to the inquiry is to their great credit. We offer our sympathy and support to all those involved. We owe it to them to now ensure that their experiences are used to protect patients in the future.
"There have been significant improvements in safeguarding arrangements in the NHS over the last decade. These provide many of the systems that will protect patients in the future. These arrangements will only be successful where patients are treated in organisations with an open culture, where the patient voice is always heard and where no-one is presumed to be above the appropriate checks or safeguards in the system. Many NHS organisations have such a culture. On receiving these reports, I know that all NHS Boards will want to look again at their own culture, systems and safeguards.
"Sadly, there are people who will seek to abuse vulnerable children and adults. Every NHS staff member knows this through their safeguarding training and must remain vigilant and raise concerns. Through allowing staff to operate in the right culture, with the right support and safeguards, we can and will provide better support for vulnerable patients.”