Paediatric cardiologist is accused of making sexual advances to young boys in Paris and Kenya

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 04 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5933
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

A hearing of sexual impropriety has opened at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester against Philipp Bonhoeffer, the former head of cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.

The long list of charges includes allegations of sexual advances to young boys in Paris, when Bonhoeffer was working at the Necker Hospital in the mid-1990s, and in Kenya, where he worked for the Chain of Hope charity set up by the transplant surgeon Magdi Yacoub. Bonhoeffer has refused to attend the hearing, which is going ahead in his absence.1

This means that he will be unable …

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