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Doctor jailed for 22 years for abusing boy patients is struck off

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h546 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h546
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

Myles Bradbury, the former consultant in paediatric haematology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge who was jailed for 22 years for abusing 18 boy patients, has been struck off the UK medical register.

Bradbury, 41, admitted abusing 18 vulnerable and seriously ill boys aged between 10 and 15 over a period of three and a half years, including one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and filming them with a camera concealed in a pen. He also admitted making 1600 indecent images of boys.1

Jailing him at Cambridge Crown Court in September 2014, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said, “In many years’ experience on the bench I have never come across a more grave course of sexual criminality, which has involved such a gross and grotesque betrayal of your Hippocratic Oath and trust reposed in you by your patients, their families, and colleagues.”

Counsel for the General Medical Council told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel that Bradbury had first downloaded images in 2005 and, aware of his proclivities, had sought a paediatric post giving him the opportunity to commit the offences.

The panel’s chairman, Neil Fyfe, said that the panel had “no hesitation” in striking him off the register. He said, “Dr Bradbury’s behaviour involved a wholesale breach of the trust which his young patients and their parents would have placed in him. The panel is in no doubt that Dr Bradbury’s actions had the potential to affect the young boys he abused and their families for many years to come.”

The GMC’s chief executive, Niall Dickson, called for powers to strike off doctors who committed serious crimes without the need for a panel hearing, adding, “There is no place for criminals like this in the medical profession.”

He said that changes outlined in a draft bill from the three UK law commissions, which the government has not yet taken forward, would enable the GMC to deal with such cases more quickly and effectively.

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