UPDATE: Pinderfields Hospital to be investigated over Jimmy Savile visits

Savile at the opening of the new spinal injuries rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital in 2010.
Savile at the opening of the new spinal injuries rehabilitation centre at Pinderfields Hospital in 2010.
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Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield is to be investigated over links to serial sex attacker Jimmy Savile.

It is one of 19 hospitals across the UK that will be looked at, the government has confirmed.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports examining visits by the late DJ to the hospitals to be delivered by next June.

It brings the total number of hospitals under investigation to 32.

The former BBC Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It presenter opened the Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre at Pinderfields Hospital in October 2010.

A spokesman for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which is responsible for Pinderfields, said: “We can confirm that we have been passed information by the Department of Health regarding Jimmy Savile which names Pinderfields Hospital for investigation.

“We will investigate this information thoroughly and ensure as appropriate that any lessons are learnt for the future.

“We cannot make any further comment at this time because of the ongoing nature of our investigation.”

Savile is believed to have abused hundreds of victims before he died in October 2011, aged 84.

Inquiries into Savile’s alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals had originally focused on Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary, with a further 10 trusts added in January.

The latest inquiries follow investigations by the Metropolitan Police after information emerged about potential victims at a further 19 hospitals.