Savile probe into children's home

Mid Devon Star: Jimmy Savile's links to a children's convalescent home are being investigated Jimmy Savile's links to a children's convalescent home are being investigated

Jimmy Savile's links with a recovery home for children are being investigated, Health Minister Norman Lamb has revealed.

Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home in Leicester becomes the 33rd health institution to be subject to an NHS examination, with Savile's connections to 32 hospitals already under review.

The final reports for all the investigations are expected to be completed by June, Mr Lamb said.

Former Top Of The Pops presenter Savile is thought to have used his position to abuse vulnerable patients, many of them children, at the hospitals.

Mr Lamb, in response to a parliamentary question from Tory former education minister Tim Loughton, said: "Since the written ministerial statement on November 29 2013, a further NHS investigation has been commissioned in relation to Woodhouse Eaves Children's Convalescent Home in Leicester.

"University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is the legacy trust conducting the investigation.

"The final reports of all the investigations will aim to be completed by June 2014, with publication sooner if that is possible."

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.

Further investigations were announced at 10 hospitals across the country before another 19 were announced last November.

The Sue Ryder charity has also commissioned an investigation in relation to Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked former barrister Kate Lampard to oversee the Department of Health's and NHS organisations' investigations into the shamed presenter, who died in 2011.

Mr Lamb, in response to Mr Loughton, said of Ms Lampard's work: "Her assurance report will be published alongside the final reports from the investigations.

"To ensure that lessons are learnt, findings from all trust investigations will feed into Kate Lampard's second phase of work, where she will report back on any themes emerging in relation to safeguarding, access and fundraising."

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