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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Statement from South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust regarding Johnny Savile investigation


Jimmy Savile’s brother Johnny, worked at Springfield, the psychiatric arm of St George’s Hospital in Tooting, in the 70s.

It’s emerged he was sacked following allegations of abuse by a patient at the site.

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Statement in full.

Our Trust has conducted an exhaustive investigation into historical allegations of abuse of patients at Springfield Hospital by Johnny Savile. It did not uncover any evidence that Jimmy Savile ever visited South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust or had access to any service users.

David Bradley, Chief Executive of South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust said:

"The publication of this report, and reports from 15 other trusts across the country, is a sad day in the history of the NHS. On behalf of South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, I offer my heartfelt apologies to the victims of Johnny Savile.

"I would like to thank everyone who came forward for their bravery in helping to compile this report. We know this has not been an easy journey to make. We will continue to provide our full support to the victims and any other patients who have been subject to sexual abuse in the past.

"Johnny Savile worked at Springfield Hospital in the 1970s. Our investigation found that he was dismissed from employment in 1980 as a result of an allegation made by one of his victims. There was no evidence or record of his brother Jimmy Savile ever visiting Springfield Hospital.

"The investigation's findings of the suffering the victims experienced, and the lack of support they received, is very disturbing to read about today given our much greater awareness of the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people. The abuse these patients were subject to, and the conditions described at Springfield Hospital in 1979 were wholly unacceptable.

"The report also found that there was a missed opportunity to investigate the allegations first made to Springfield Hospital by a victim in 1991. Subsequently, when the same victim disclosed the abuse again, her allegations of abuse were not addressed in the way we would now support someone raising similar serious concerns. By 2012, the Trust was able to respond more sensitively and appropriately to her concerns.

"Nearly 40 years since these incidents, South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust is unrecognisable to how it was in 1979. We have transformed the culture of the organisation and our staff have worked tirelessly with dedication to improve the quality of the services we deliver. Our safeguarding processes are well tested, robust and meet all national guidelines.

"In 2014 the Care Quality Commission judged our services to be 'safe', 'compassionate' and 'well-led'. We are committed to ensuring patient safety and safeguarding are at the heart of everything that we do.

"Despite all the improvements that have been made over the last 40 years we will never be complacent. We have learned a great deal in the process of compiling this report and we remain committed to improving patient care.

"We urge anyone who has any concerns, or would like support or advice, to contact us on 0203 513 6150. We promise to treat all concerns, current or historic, very seriously and in confidence."

The investigation's findings of the suffering the victims experienced, and the lack of support they received, is very disturbing to read about today given our much greater awareness of the sexual exploitation and abuse of vulnerable people. The abuse these patients were subject to, and the conditions described at Springfield Hospital in 1979 were wholly unacceptable.

We now live in a very different world. Since these incidents took place in the 1970s, the way we handle complaints and serious incidents of this kind has changed significantly.

Now - nearly 40 years since these incidents - the Trust is a very different place. We have transformed the culture of the organisation and improved the quality of the services we deliver beyond recognition.

Our safeguarding and security processes are well tested, robust and meet national guidelines and we are committed to ensuring patient safety and safeguarding are at the heart of everything that we do.

The Trust is confident that its current well-established systems and processes, coupled with the profound change in culture and ethos at the Trust will prevent such incidents happening again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:54 pm  

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