Bromley's Bethlem Hospital set for Savile sex abuse investigation
PUBLISHED: 09:43 07 November 2014
The announcement that the hospital will be investigated was made by health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Bromley’s Bethlem Royal Hospital has been linked to the Jimmy Savile sex scandals and has now launched an investigation into historic sex abuse.
The revelations came after health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the number of hospitals now investigating sexual abuse has been upped to 41. The allegations, which have emerged since June this year as people came forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile revelations, will see the Bethlem Royal Hospital investigated by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
A spokesman from the hospital said: “South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that it has been passed information regarding Jimmy Savile, which names the Bethlem Royal Hospital, for investigation. We are investigating this evidence thoroughly and, if necessary, will ensure that any lessons are learnt for the future.
“We are not in a position to make any further comment as this is a live investigation.”
The hospital, which was historically nicknamed ‘bedlam’, has 350 beds and is a specialist psychiatric hospital.
The trust published a report in June 2014 following an investigation into the contact that Jimmy Savile had with the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals. It was published in the context of the investigations carried out by other NHS hospitals, including investigations at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Broadmoor Hospital.
No victims were identified as part of the trust’s investigation and no allegations or reports of wrongdoing, inappropriate or criminal behaviour by Savile were identified.
Other hospitals which are also set to investigate fresh allegations of abuse by the disgraced DJ are the St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury, the Shenley Hospital in London, and the Meanwood Park Hospital in Leeds.