Former Addenbrooke's Hospital Cancer Doctor Myles Bradbury Pleads Guilty To Abusing Boys In His Care

800 Families Have Been Contacted


A child cancer specialist who worked at Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing boys in his care between 2009 and 2013.

Myles Bradbury pleaded guilty to 25 offences including sexual assault and the creation of more than 16,000 indecent images of boys aged between 8 and 17.

The paediatric haematologist was suspended in November 2013 after a complaint about his behaviour and conduct, with 18 individuals coming forward after his suspension to make allegations against him.

Dr Keith McNeil, the chief executive of the hospital, said: "Our most abject and sincere apologies go out to any and all of our patients and their families who are affected by this in any way.

"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."

A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has confirmed 800 families have now been contacted since the sexual offences came to light, as Bradbury also held clinics in Ipswich and Colchester.

Detective Sergeant Shane Fasey said: "Bradbury's offences were an appalling breach of trust committed against vulnerable victims who had been placed in his care.”

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Expert Opinion
"The recent high-profile cases related to sexual abuse have highlighted the issue and given people affected by such problems the confidence that their voices will be heard and their allegations will be taken seriously if they come forward.

“Many of these high-profile cases have involved public figures, but it is important to remember that many sexual offences are carried out by individuals known to the victims or in a position of trust in the local community.

“This shocking case is another example of those in trusted positions taking advantage of their access to young people. Every effort must be made to determine what went wrong in the past and what can be done to ensure such terrible crimes can be prevented in the future.

“The priority now is ensuring those affected by this case are given access to the help and support they need to overcome the psychological and physical impact of the abuse they suffered, as these long-lasting effects of sexual abuse can impact victims for the rest of their lives.”
Luke Daniels, Partner

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