BBC Inside Out East on the 10th November 2014 reported on what is one of the worst cases of child abuse where there has been a betrayal of trust and deceit in the most shocking circumstances.
Myles Bradbury, a children's cancer doctor at Addenbrooke’s University Hospital and, previously Birmingham Children’s Hospital pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault, twelve of engaging in sexual activity with a child and three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on the 15th September 2014. He will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court next month when it can only be hoped that his victims and their families will see justice. The Judge told Bradbury when he entered his pleas to expect a custodial sentence.
Bradbury is known to have committed offences on 18 children between the ages of 8 and 17. Bradbury's heinous acts were calculated and premeditated. He preyed on vulnerable children and their families betraying not only them but the NHS staff he worked with. Undoubtedly every parent whose child has been examined by Bradbury will be gravely concerned. To be coping with a child suffering from cancer is difficult enough. Having to address the fact that your sick child may have been abused is unimaginable.
Bradbury is known to have used a ‘spy’ pen when examining his patients and DS Gary Rigway was able to confirm when interviewed for the program that there was footage of an examination on the pen which was recovered from Bradbury’s house. Unfortunately the Police will never be able to unveil the true level of his abuse without the hard drive which was missing from his home.
There are so many unanswered questions in this case. What level of supervision did the hospital have? Bradbury is reported to have encouraged his child patients to be seen on their own and made appointments when colleagues were unlikely to be available. Addenbrooke’s Hospital Chief Executive has confirmed there is no policy for paediatricians to be accompanied when conducting examinations but indicated when interviewed that this will be considered as a result of this case.
This case without doubt warrants answers and recompense to those who have been victims at the hands of Bradbury's and their families.
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