guruilla » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:09 pm wrote:Watched it. The impression I got was that they have successfully "spun" the narrative away from the cultural & political implications of Savile & created a New Boogeyman. There is even a line about how Savile managed to bewitch Prime Ministers and Royalty. Please.
A Jimmy Savile sex scandal concealed during the 1997 General Election
by Garrick Alder
The man who now leads the NHS Confederation failed to tell either Parliament or the public of a 1995 sex scandal at Broadmoor hospital, involving ‘a member of staff’ who – it can now be revealed – was Jimmy Savile.
The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell served as Health Secretary in Sir John Major’s Government between 1995 and 1997 and did not disclose the scandal when he learned of it in the final year of Major’s premiership. Mr Dorrell was informed by an official review that ‘a member of Broadmoor’s staff’ had been investigated by police over allegations involving a child. It has not been possible to establish if Mr Dorrell made any attempt to learn the identity of the offender, or if he informed Cabinet colleagues about the incident.
The Savile scandal might have come to light during Savile’s lifetime – and the offences he committed after 1997 could have been prevented – if the information had been disclosed in a timely manner.
Speaking in Parliament in 2014, after publication of the report of the official investigation into Savile's behaviour at Broadmoor, the current Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, said:
‘... if there is evidence that people have criminally neglected claims that were made at the time or behaved inappropriately—even if it is not a matter for the law and they behaved in a way that could make them subject to disciplinary procedures in NHS organisations—that should be addressed.’
Continuing to address Parliament about the events that led Savile to take up an official post at Broadmoor, first as part of a task force and then as Chairman of the hospital's Advisory Committee, Mr Hunt said: ‘Everyone must be held accountable for the actions they took.’
The report received by Mr Dorrell in 1997 stated:
‘The review team were specifically requested to assess the handling of a child visitor allegation, investigated in 1995 as a hospital complaint with police involvement. The relevant documentation associated with the allegation was reviewed by the team. This was made more difficult than it should have been because no management report was compiled at the time. From the information available to the review team, it seems that the incident was handled appropriately and effectively, and the police found insufficient evidence to take the matter forward. As a result of the incident the hospital's visitors policy for children was revised.’
Broadmoor’s general manager at the time was Alan Franey, who had enjoyed a professional relationship with Savile since working with him at Leeds General Infirmary. Mr Franey, now retired, says that he has no recollection today of the 1995 incident and no idea who it might have involved.
The 1997 report was, itself, examined by the official inquiry into Savile at Broadmoor led by the highly-respected Dr Bill Kirkup CBE, which reported in 2014. The Kirkup report does not mention the 1995 incident, despite referring to several other pages in the same NHS document. Dr Kirkup has stated:
‘It would be disappointing if any of the staff we spoke to had not raised this incident, either when interviewed or by responding to the appeal made at the time for anyone who wished to impart information.’
The key witness against Savile, however, told his story on national television the same month that Dr Kirkup’s investigation was being set up. Bob Allen, 65, worked at Broadmoor between 1974 and 2001 and is adamant that he was never approached by Dr Kirkup’s team, despite the fact that Dr Kirkup's inquiry set out to identify and contact important witnesses.
In October 2012, Channel 4 News broadcast an interview conducted by reporter Paraic O’Brien, in which Mr Allen recounted how he had witnessed Savile enter Broadmoor premises with a 14-15 year old girl in tow, take her into his private on-site apartment and dim the lights. Mr Allen informed a superior, who told Mr Allen the next day: ‘No one appears to be interested.’
The superior was night superintendent Arnold Livesey, now deceased, who Mr Allen remembers as ‘one of the better guys at the hospital’.
It is not clear what happened behind the scenes after Mr Livesey was informed about Savile’s conduct and Mr Allen could recall only that the incident happened in the mid-1990s. Mr Allen was never interviewed by police, and he believed that the matter had been dropped, but the 1997 NHS document shows that it was handled in secret.
Broadmoor’s local police force, Thames Valley Police, now say that today, some 22 years after the incident, they cannot locate any record relating to the original complaint.
The 1997 NHS report was created at the behest of Mr Dorrell during his time as Health Secretary, following allegations in the national press of ‘drugs finds and a possible child pornography ring at Broadmoor’. Mr Dorrell received the ensuing report in April 1997. Mr Dorrell did not mention the report in public again, and left office at the General Election that followed in May 1997. Alan Franey, the previously mentioned chief executive of Broadmoor Hospital, was also gone in the summer of 1997. He claimed, ‘It has always been my intention to retire early....’
All rights reserved by the author. With thanks to Paraic O’Brien.
Rogue doctors ‘use superhero status to abuse patients’
NHS should beware staff whose expertise means unusual behaviour goes unchallenged, says report
Denis Campbell - Saturday 26 August 2017
The health service must do more to spot warning signs that staff are using their position in order to abuse patients, a new report into sexual and physical assaults committed by rogue medical personnel has found. The problem is particularly acute for doctors who achieve “superhero” status, it warns.
The analysis of how healthcare professionals were able to get away with their misbehaviour for years has concluded the NHS needs to overhaul its procedures to prevent a repeat of such scandals. Examples included breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who was jailed in May for 15 years for carrying out unnecessary cancer operations, and specialist Myles Bradbury, who was jailed for 22 years (reduced to 16 on appeal) in 2014 for abusing young cancer patients.
The probe, by experienced NHS investigators Verita, has been shared with the Observer. It has identified three key types of devious and deceitful tactics used by NHS personnel to create opportunities to exploit vulnerable patients.
The firm has previously examined the NHS’s handling of scandals including Jimmy Savile’s abuse and rape of patients. This time it has identified patterns of behaviour that bosses, management teams and its 1.4 million staff need to be warned about and told to report if they become suspicious.
Its findings are based on an in-depth inquiry into the misdemeanours of Paterson and Bradbury as well as George Rowland, a consultant urogynaecologist who performed unnecessary or botched operations on hundreds of women with incontinence, and David Britten, a senior nurse who groomed and had sexual relationships with young women undergoing treatment for eating disorders.
“The NHS ought to have been on to these cases faster than they were,” said Ed Marsden, the firm’s managing director. “Our analysis showed there were common traits which, if identified and challenged earlier, could help stop or prevent safeguarding issues. NHS organisations must be much more alert to these patterns of behaviour to identify and stop abuse by staff. The NHS must learn lessons from these cases.”
Verita says that NHS bosses should be wary of health professionals who acquire what it calls the “superhero status” of the three doctors and one nurse studied in the review. Their seniority and expertise in their field meant that their unusual behaviour was not challenged by colleagues or patients.
“Myles Bradbury cultivated unusually close relationships with patients and families for a doctor. He made them feel special and dependent on him. For example, he gave them his mobile phone number and he ran clinics out of hours. That’s unusual behaviour. They thought he was going above and beyond to help them. But those kinds of oddities should give long pause for thought,” said Marsden. Bradbury was jailed for abusing 18 children with cancer at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge between 2009 and 2013.
“This ‘superhero status’ also allowed Ian Paterson to make false diagnoses and carry out unnecessary or dangerous breast surgery while receiving plaudits from many unsuspecting patients,” added Marsden. “It took nine years before concerns raised about him finally led to his suspension by the General Medical Council. Britten convinced his victims they were receiving special treatment to resolve their eating disorders and then betrayed their trust. He, Paterson and Rowland were all treating vulnerable people who were very seriously unwell. ‘I can bring about a cure, I can fix it’ – that’s what they cultivated and got patients to think. Patients want to trust that they’re getting the very best care and a health professional with bad intent can exploit that.”
Alarm bells should also ring when any member of staff starts acting like a “lone wolf” – creating space and opportunities within the working environment to carry out abuse. “For example, Rowland practised in a separate location where he was subject to less stringent assessment and away from the eyes of colleagues who may have challenged his approach, while Britten relocated to a specialist eating disorders unit physically separate from the main hospital,” said Marsden.
NHS bosses also needed to be much quicker at picking up signals that someone who was not abiding by the usual rules might have a sinister agenda, he added. Bradbury and Paterson both resisted being monitored, while Bradbury was reluctant to be shadowed by students and trainee doctors, which is a long-established way of consultants helping young recruits learn medicine.
Verita has also found that hospitals need to be clearer and more consistent with both staff and the public about what will happen in an appointment, especially if it involves an intimate physical examination, and offer a chaperone if requested to help patients know what to expect and make them less deferential.
“We must do all we can to prevent these crimes. This work by Verita offers useful insights and information on particular behaviours that, combined with other concerns, may well indicate that abuse is taking place,” said Saffron Cordery, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts in England. “Ultimately, every member of staff and every patient must feel safe to raise the alarm.”
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