Broadmoor Hospital 'will cooperate' with Jimmy Savile investigationBy Becky Barnes
October 11, 2012
Broadmoor Hospital says it will cooperate with the police investigation into Jimmy Savile abuse claims.
Sir Jimmy did a 'tremendous' amount of fundraising for the hospital, in Kentigern Drive, Crowthorne, and volunteered there for a number of years.
Today an ex-patient has claimed in a national newspaper she was groped by the TV star.
Alison Pink, who is now a man called Steven after a sex change, waived anonymity and claimed Sir Jimmy touched her when she was 17.
A West London Mental Health NHS Trust spokeswoman said: "We have not been approached by police or by any former patients or their representatives with any allegations of abuse by the late Jimmy Savile.
"If we are contacted by the police we will of course cooperate with any investigation involving the hospital.
"These allegations relate to a time when Broadmoor was a separate, somewhat isolated organisation, not part of a wider NHS Trust.
"The hospital became more integrated into the wider NHS when it became part of West London Mental Health NHS Trust in 2001 and a different working culture was introduced.
"Procedures and protocols, notably security arrangements, have changed significantly in the past decade to reflect that different culture.
"The monitoring of patients and their interaction with both staff and volunteers is undertaken as a routine to ensure inappropriate behaviour does not happen.
"In today’s Broadmoor, volunteer access and activity in the Hospital is strictly controlled and monitored. Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and character reference checks are carried out for everyone who we recruit to volunteer in the Hospital.
"We operate within strict child and adult safeguarding guidelines and work closely with our local authorities colleagues on this."