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Doctor manipulated hospital system for four years to abuse boys, investigation finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 26 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5700
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A paediatric consultant haematologist at a leading UK teaching hospital manipulated the appointments system and hospital policies to abuse boys in his care unnoticed over a four year period, an independent investigation has found.1

Colleagues missed clues that could have led to the discovery that Myles Bradbury was abusing young patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge from 2009 to 2013, concluded a report by the public service consultancy Verita.

Bradbury is serving 16 years in prison after admitting 25 offences of sexually assaulting 18 victims, as well as voyeurism and possessing more than 16 000 indecent images.2 He used a “spy pen” to capture images of his adolescent victims while carrying out unnecessary genital examinations.

Staff at the paediatric day unit …

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