Did junior nurse thwart paedophile Savile?
Did a vigilant junior nurse prevent prolific paedophile Jimmy Savile from gaining access to a children's hospital?
A report commissioned by the Department of Health into the actions of the disgraced celebrity at 28 hospitals has revealed today an anonymous nurse may have stopped Savile at Queen Mary's Hospital in Carshalton Beeches.
Savile, a former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, is believed to have abused hundreds of victims.
He died in October 2011 aged 84, a year before allegations that he had sexually abused children came to light.
The Metropolitan Police received an anonymous tip-off November last year from a former nurse at Queen Mary's, who said she had prevented him and three associates from entering the site during the 1970's, even after he threatened to pull a BBC Christmas broadcast if she did not consent.
The allegation prompted an investigation to be launched by Epsom and St Helier University Trust.
During the investigation nine interviews were carried out with former staff about the allegation, as well as with members of the League of Friends and Hospital Radio Charities associated with the Trust and Queen Mary’s. It also included an interview with the administrator of the Queen Mary Alumni association.
No-one was able to recall a time when Savile had attended the hospital.
Investigator Sue Walters also worked with the BBC to pin-point when the incident may have happened, and discovered a Christmas broadcast was made from St Mary's in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
A radio broadcast was made on December 7 1972.
Jimmy Savile was not involved in any of these broadcasts.
Ms Walters was unable to conclude one way or the other whether the incident described in the 1970s, as alleged, did occur, although she stated she could see no reason for the informant, who asked to remain anonymous, to lie.
The investigation also found child safety practices were strong at the time, and visitors could not enter wards unattended.
Chief nurse at Epsom and St Helier University Trust, Pippa Hart said: "We are reassured that the report has found no documentary evidence of any sort to suggest that Jimmy Savile attended Queen Mary’s in the 1970s or at any time. The report also concluded that the ward environment was strictly controlled and that visitors were not allowed on the ward without supervision.
"Despite there being no documentary evidence to support the claims of the nurse, we have no reason to question why the nurse would have made the allegation.
"On behalf of the young patients staying at Queen Mary’s at the time, I would like to thank the nurse for refusing Jimmy Savile access to our wards and taking appropriate steps to protect our patients."
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