Paedophile doctor manipulated hospital rules to abuse children
Paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury ‘took advantage’ of hospital rules and their limitations to allow him to abuse 18 boys, a report has revealed.
Bradbury, 42, from Herringswell, was jailed for 16 years after admitting sexually abusing children in his care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
A review of the hospital’s procedures, by independent consultancy Verita, has revealed Bradbury manipulated limitations in the hospital’s chaperone policy, transition policy and appointments system to avoid detection.
The report says there was a ‘lack of clarity’ over the role of the parent and whether they should be present during intimate examinations.
It reads: “Many staff thought that chaperoning was primarily to protect clinicians from accusations of improper behaviour rather than to protect patients”.
The report goes on to say hospital policy aiming to allow 14 and 15-year-olds to have private conversations with their doctor allowed Bradbury to examine young patients alone.
“The fact that families and patients were not aware of the details of the policy meant that no alarm bells rang when examinations also took place in private, even when families and patients were aware this was happening.”
The report said Bradbury told families it was “essential for him to see their child alone” and they should learn to trust doctors.
The report also says Bradbury was able to se some patients ‘more frequently than their treatment required’ by taking advantage of the hospital’s appointment system.
It said that the flexibility in the system ‘meant that by changing the days and times on which Dr Bradbury saw some of his patients he could conceal the frequency of the appointments’.
The hospital has since tightened its chaperone and appointments policies.
The mum of a young cancer patient sexually abused by the paedophile doctor has criticised hospital chiefs for failing to protect children from him.
The woman, 43, who cannot be named, described moves to tighten the hospital’s chaperone policies as ‘too little, too late,’ and said she felt ‘let down’ by the hospital.
The mother-of-three said: “He should never have been left on his own.
“The new policy is good but it is too late for the children he abused.
“I think it is too little too late.”
Responding to the report’s revelation that Bradbury got around hospital systems to carry out his abuse, she said: “I think the man is disgusting. He has destroyed so many people’s lives.
“It will never go away.
“People who had suspicions should have spoken up.
“The hospital and staff should have been protecting the children.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious then they need to speak up. He shouldn’t have got away with it for so long.
“The report doesn’t go far enough”.
The boy, who is now 11 year-old, is in remission from leukaemia, but still has to have regular check ups.
His mother added: “He comes out with things now and again and asks questions. I know it is still going round in his head.”
Following the publication of the report, David Wherrett, acting Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust said: “I want to say sorry again to our patients and families who placed their trust in Myles Bradbury during their treatment here, and instead became victims of his cold and calculating abuse.
“I want to reassure the families involved, and indeed all our patients, that we agree with the recommendations made in today’s report and are already starting to take the necessary action.
“We are sharing the lessons widely with colleagues across the NHS to help prevent this type of abuse from happening in other hospitals.
“The report will help shape our approach to chaperoning and the management of adolescent patients transitioning into adult care, helping us put the most robust and workable practices in place.
“It also sets out the importance of communicating more clearly on these issues with our patients, families and staff to build a proactive and positive culture of challenge into our services.”