Myles Bradbury, a former paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire has pleaded guilty to 25 sexual offences against boys aged between 8 and 17 at Cambridge Crown Court today. He has entered not guilty pleas to 2 further offences.
The sexual abuse offences, which took place between 2009 and 2013 reportedly involve 20 complainants who suffered from serious illnesses and were entrusted to Bradbury’s care.
Police arrested him in December following his suspension by the NHS which came after one of his victims bravely spoke out about what had happened. Judge Hawkesworth when granting Bradbury conditional bail today has made it clear that he should expect to receive a “substantial” prison sentence for his actions.
In this particular case, the abuse of trust is incomprehensible given that the victims were patients entrusted to the specialist.
The sexual abuse victims are rightly encouraged and commended for their bravery in coming forward but once the criminal case is concluded they, together with their families, have to rebuild their lives.
It's often the case that either during, or after, criminal proceedings victims do not realise they have options under civil law and unless they are made aware of this it is not something they consider. It is important victims are aware of their options because sexual abuse compensation can be invaluable in helping them to rebuild their lives. There is often and, understandably, a need for specialist treatment which has to be paid for and on occasions there may also have been financial loss, for example, earnings.
When pursuing a sexual abuse claim under civil law the claimant and their future needs are paramount. We would urge anyone who has been affecting by abuse to seek professional guidance. At Slater and Gordon we have the most experienced specialist child abuse lawyers in the United Kingdom. Many of the cases upon which we are advising involve medical professionals. This includes Dr Bailey and Dr Bates.
Richard Scorer is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in abuse claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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