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Delay into Jimmy Savile report angers hospital victims

By Ryan Hooper

A report into the abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile at a top hospital has been delayed to gather new evidence, angering victims of the late entertainer.

Three major investigations were launched at Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor Hospital after details first emerged about cases of alleged abuse by Savile in hospitals.

NHS reports into all three hospitals were anticipated this week, but those abused by Savile at Stoke Mandeville have now been told their investigation, featuring some of the worst offending, has been shelved until later in the year.

Liz Dux, a lawyer for Slater & Gordon representing 176 victims of the late BBC presenter, said the wait was "frustrating".

She said: "The victims of Stoke Mandeville have not been told what's happening or when it is going to be out.

"What will be most distressing is having the media knowing what's happening without the victims being told first. They want to know what is in the report, and don't want to learn of it in the press and on the television.

"In the meantime, we are waiting for answers. It is frustrating."

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