THE new groups in charge of NHS commissioning in Bexley and Dartford have alerted GPs to the chance victims of Jimmy Savile may come forward.

A letter from NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh to all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) says doctors should be aware those abused by the former BBC TV star could present themselves as investigations into his crimes continue.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital are all under scrutiny from the Department of Health over the sexual abuses committed by Savile on their premises, with other NHS organisations potentially involved.

Professor Keogh says not all victims may live within reach of support services set up around the three hospitals.

He said: "The investigation teams are in the process of contacting victims and other witnesses in order to take statements from them, with the possibility of then interviewing them.

"It is likely that many of those who are contacted about their recollections of Jimmy Savile will find it extremely distressing and disturbing to have to relive their experiences."

News Shopper: Broadmoor Hospital.

Broadmoor Hospital (picture by Andrew Smith). 

A spokeswoman for Bexley CCG said: "Following guidance set out by NHS England regarding the Savile investigations, Bexley CCG has asked its providers to carry out reviews of their policies and procedures to ensure vulnerable people and volunteers are protected.

"The CCG has also contacted its member practices to ensure GPs are alert to the possibility of victims and witnesses presenting for help and support.

"NHS Bexley CCG is not aware of any local incidents relating to the Savile investigations.

"We take the lessons learned from investigations very seriously."

A spokesman for Dartford, Swanley and Gravesham CCG said the group has received the letter but declined to say whether any alleged victims of Savile had come forward in the area.

He said: "Each GP would respond to any disclosure of abuse confidentially and would provide appropriate, individual care for the patient.

"We would not disclose any information as that would be a breach of patient confidentiality."

The Met has received more than 450 complaints of abuse against Savile as part of Operation Yewtrew: a probe into the DJ’s alleged catalogue of sexual offences established following his death in October 2011.