'No reason to doubt' Jimmy Savile sex abuse at Devon hospital took place

'No reason to doubt' Jimmy Savile sex abuse at Devon hospital took place

'No reason to doubt' Jimmy Savile sex abuse at Devon hospital took place

First published in Devon

Devon Partnership NHS Trust has published the findings of a report into an allegation against Jimmy Savile.

The allegation, by a woman named only as Ms X, relates to a sexual offence that took place in 1970 at Digby Hospital in Exeter. The hospital closed in 1987.

Ms X contacted Devon and Cornwall Constabulary as part of Operation Yewtree and the investigation has been conducted by Devon Partnership NHS Trust in its role as the current provider of mental health services for the county.

Commenting on the publication of the report, Melanie Walker, chief executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust said: “On behalf of the NHS, I would like to apologise to Ms X. Suffering serious sexual abuse whilst in the care of the NHS is, quite clearly, unacceptable and deeply traumatic.

"We have provided support to Ms X since she first brought her experience to the attention of the police. Raising issues of this nature requires a great deal of courage and we hope that the investigation process may have helped her, in some small way, to address the events that took place more than forty years ago.”

The investigation found no reason to doubt Ms X’s account of what happened and the report concludes that this incident did take place.

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