Doctor admits sexually abusing young patients in his care

Doctor admits sexually abusing young patients in his care

A children’s cancer doctor based at Addenbrooke hospital in Cambridge pleads guilty to abusing a number of young cancer patients in his care.

Dr Myles Bradbury, a practicing paediatric haematologist from Herringswell, Suffolk, was first suspended from working at Cambridge University Hospital Trust after a complaint about his behaviour in November 2013.

Prosecuting barrister, John Farmer told the court that they had received 18 complaints from young people aged eight to 17 years old, from 2009 onwards.

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said the doctor had carried out unjustified medical examinations on young boys “purely for his own sexual gratification”.

More than 16,000 indecent images of children were also found on a computer disk at Bradbury’s home.

Bradbury pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, three counts of ‘causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity’, one count of voyeurism and two counts of ‘making indecent images of a child’.

Chief executive of the NHS trust, Dr Keith McNeil said: “I am so deeply sorry these incidents have happened and I am also deeply saddened, as a doctor, that one my own profession has placed himself and his patients in this position. There is a very ancient and sacred trust that exists between a doctor and his patients and, quite frankly, it sickens me to think that trust has been breached.”

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth allowed Bradbury to receive bail, with sentencing at a later date. On leaving the court, the doctor told reporters: “I’m so sorry.”

Judge Hawkesworth said he expected there to be a “substantial” custodial sentence.