Jimmy Savile – Excuses, Cover-ups and Ignorance.
The information contained in the Jimmy Savile reports will not be a surprise to those who have been following this horrific case.
Aside from sexually assaulting women & children who were both patients & staff of NHS facilities, it is clear that he sexually assaulted dead people - after being given unfettered access to the mortuary, as well as other areas of both health & psychiatric care centres.
One thing that has stood out is the issue of reporting. Many people reported Jimmy Savile as a sexual predator. These reports came from victims, parents & carers of victims & nursing staff who were also victims of Savile's abuse. What is clear, is that those reports didn't reach senior managers within those NHS facilities and we'd like to consider why that might be.
Jimmy Savile was a popular celebrity. He raised a lot of money for institutions who were struggling to fund services to patients and their relatives - the NHS never has enough money to provision all the services that the public require, and charitable funds go a long way towards providing those additional touches that make an NHS in-patient stay more comfortable and manageable. What appears to have happened, is that Jimmy Savile's fame and celebrity status have made him into a figure that couldn't be criticised. Because if he were criticised, he may well take his money and his fame elsewhere...
The issue of senior management being ignorant about the abuse Savile undertook is one that we find difficult to believe. It cannot be possible that a hospital radio DJ, TV presenter, fundraiser is given access to areas of NHS facilities that were secure, or restricted without senior managers approving this. Indeed, it is apparent that his access to Broadmoor was approved at government level.
If no 'junior level' staff (and by this, we mean ward staff, those working most closely with patients) did not report any of the allegations to senior management, we must ask ourselves - Why? What culture existed in these organisations? How did this culture impact the communication between patient-level staff and senior management? What would have prevented those staff or patients whistleblowing Savile's activities?
It appears that these organisations have questions to answer. It is not enough to say "senior staff didn't know" as an explanation for their lack of action against Savile. It is not enough to conclude that 'if only patient level staff had spoken up'. It is not enough to conclude that "safeguarding policies are now in place to prevent this happening again". It is not enough to conclude that Jimmy Savile was a lone, sexual predator given incomprehensible access to restricted, high security units, NHS wards & resting places for the dead without somebody at senior level knowing why he wanted this level of freedom.
It is highly unlikely that no-one at management or higher level knew what Savile was up to. It is highly unlikely that he acted alone. However, it is also highly unlikely that we will ever get to know either the full details of who made these decisions regarding his access, or that they are sanctioned for placing women & children in their care at such a high level of risk.
After all, Savile is dead & we don't have an ongoing problem with sexual abuse in institutions where vulnerable people are being cared for. Apparently.
We just don't buy it.
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