NHS faces pay­ing out £1 mil­lion over Sav­ile

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

The NHS has been left with a £1 mil­lion bill to cover the le­gal costs of the vic­tims of Jimmy Sav­ile after the late sex­ual preda­tor’s es­tate con­trib­uted just £53,000.

The tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter raped and as­saulted scores of pa­tients, staff and visi­tors in 41 hos­pi­tals, a chil­dren’s home and a hospice over nearly 50 years.

Vic­tims in­cluded chil­dren as young as five, paral­ysed teenagers in wheel­chairs and preg­nant women.

Sav­ile died aged 84 in 2011 be­fore his crimes were re­vealed, and was re­ported to have had an es­tate worth at least £4m.

Of the £1.1 mil­lion NHS bill, much of which is le­gal fees rather than com­pen­sa­tion, Sav­ile’s es­tate paid £53,245, The Sun­day Times re­ported. On av­er­age, 52 vic­tims re­ceived just £9,615. Sex­ual abuse sur­vivors’ groups branded the re­im­burse­ment from Sav­ile’s es­tate “pretty ap­palling” and de­scribed the pay­outs as “peanuts”.

Many of Sav­ile’s vic­tims needed sig­nif­i­cant amounts of money to pay for pri­vate ther­apy that the NHS was of­ten un­able to pro­vide, ex­perts said. Some will re­quire spe­cial­ist care for the rest of their lives.

Peter Saun­ders, founder of the National As­so­ci­a­tion for Peo­ple Abused in Child­hood, said: “The real win­ners in these sit­u­a­tions tend to be the lawyers, I’m afraid.”

Jimmy Sav­ile

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