And its all about money…. and sex it seems. We all know we cannot afford this …
The NHS has spent almost £5m compensating patients, staff and members of the public who had been sexually harassed, abused or assaulted, The Sunday Times can reveal today.
A freedom of information request by this newspaper reveals for the first time the damages paid to 94 victims during the past five years. Some 75 were patients.
The precise nature of the cases, including when and where in the health service they took place and details of the perpetrators behind the offences, were not disclosed. NHS Resolution, which handles negligence claims against the NHS, declined to provide even brief details of any of the incidents.
In total, £2.2m was paid out in damages, £2m was spent on claimants’ legal costs and another £400,00 went on defence costs.
John Kell, head of policy at the Patients Association, said: “Sexual harassment of a patient by anyone working in the NHS is a dreadful betrayal of the trust that patients place in clinicians and healthcare professionals and will inevitably shake the confidence of victims in the integrity of the NHS.”
In January this newspaper revealed that the NHS had been left with a £1m bill for compensating victims of Jimmy Savile after the estate of the late sexual predator contributed only £53,000. The DJ and television presenter raped and assaulted scores of patients, staff and visitors in 41 hospitals, children’s homes and a hospice over nearly 50 years.
NHS Resolution declined to identify NHS hospital trusts where fewer than five people had been awarded damages, insisting there was a risk that individuals “may be identified either from this information alone, or in combination with other available information”.
The only trust identified by NHS Resolution was Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It paid £249,000 in damages to five patients. The trust said all the cases were linked to Dr Myles Bradbury. He was jailed for 22 years — later reduced to 16 — in 2014 for abusing 18 boys in his care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.