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Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to be investigated over links with Jimmy Savile

PUBLISHED: 13:06 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:03 29 November 2013

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced  19 hospitals including the Royal Free in Hampstead are to have their links with television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated. Picture: PA/Peter Jordan

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced 19 hospitals including the Royal Free in Hampstead are to have their links with television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated. Picture: PA/Peter Jordan

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The Royal Free Hospital is one of a further 19 hospitals nationwide to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Nigel SuttonThe Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Picture: Nigel Sutton

In a written ministerial statement, Mr Hunt said he expected reports to be delivered by next June. The 19 hospitals will be investigated by their relevant health trusts but each investigation will be properly monitored.

The investigations are in addition to an initial 13 inquiries into hospitals which are believed to have been visited by the disgraced television presenter.

Savile is thought to have used his position to abuse vulnerable patients, many of them children.

The Royal Free in Pond Street, Hampstead, is one of a number of London hospitals featured in the new nationwide list of hospitals under investigation.

A Royal Free spokesman said: “We have been given information from the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile, which we will now thoroughly investigate.

“We will ensure that, if appropriate, any lessons are learned for the future.”

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