Saturday, 13 October 2012

Jimmy Savile and Broadmoor

I cannot fathom why someone like Jimmy Savile was given a personal set of keys and unsupervised access to wards and patients in Broadmoor Hospital - regardless of whether or not the allegations are true.

What other medical specialty would allow someone with no healthcare training whatsoever that degree of access to vulnerable patients? What a pathetic failure of the services of the time.

Would be interesting to know what the forensic consultants thought about it all at the time. I cannot imagine any sound-minded consultant approving of someone entirely unrelated to medicine other than through financial affiliations and voluntary work having such influence in the management of a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, and accessing their patients.