The mum of a young cancer patient sexually abused by a paedophile doctor yesterday blasted hospital chiefs for failing to protect children in his care.
The woman, who cannot be named, spoke out after the publication of an independent report into the abuse carried out by Myles Bradbury at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Bradbury, a former pupil at Bedford Modern School, worked with young children in Bedford in the early 1990s, and as a teenager helped out with activities run for children in the Mowsbury Park area.
The report highlighted moves to ensure children at the hospital were now ‘chaperoned’ while having treatment.But the mum, 43, described the move 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, 42, 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.”
Bradbury was jailed for 22 years at Cambridge Crown Court last December for abusing 18 vulnerable boys aged between eight and 17.
The court heard how Bradbury, described as a ‘cold and calculating monster’, used a spy pen which held 170,000 images of his victims.
A report released yesterday(Thurs) revealed Bradbury manipulated the hospital’s chaperone and appointments systems to prey on young children.
The hospital had a rule that a chaperone should be present for all intimate examinations into children but this was often ignored, the report said.
Bradbury also used excessive puberty checks as an excuse to assault patients.
The report said Bradbury told families it was “essential for him to see their child alone” and they should learn to trust doctors.
Addenbrooke’s bosses have now made it compulsory for two medical professionals to be present for any intimate examinations on children and adults.
The report said the hospital has already tightened its chaperone and appointments policies.
The report revealed a registrar noticed Bradbury seemed to be “awfully focused” on the impact of children’s conditions on the development of puberty, but failed to raise the alarm.
It revealed Bradbury went on holiday with the mother of one of his patients before agreeing he could not longer be the boy’s doctor.
Staff noticed Bradbury was seeing patients out-of-hours, but presumed he was helping them. One nurse said he was “bending over backwards” to be flexible.
Bradbury refused to allow medical students to observe his appointments, saying he was too busy.
Renu Daly, a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at Neil Hudgell Solicitors, who is representing some of the other victims said the report did not go far enough.
The report was carried out by Verita, a consultancy which specialises in public sector investigations.
David Wherrett, acting chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, said apologised to patients and their families of Bradbury’s “cold and calculating abuse.”
He said the hospital accepts the report’s findings and has started taking action, adding that the NHS “must learn” from the case.
Mr Wherrett said: “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.
“It is clear from the report that there was no evidence that any child, parent or carer, or member of staff, raised any concerns about Bradbury, ahead of his exclusion in November 2013.
“This has been a deeply distressing case and the NHS must learn from it.
“Greater rigour and checks will make it more difficult for abuse to take place, but they are no absolute guarantee of safety.
“Bradbury deliberately and intelligently manipulated the trust of patients, formal processes, and committed staff going the extra mile for patients.
“This manipulation is what we must guard against, and better communication and awareness is key to this.”
Bradbury, of Herringswell, Suffolk, exploited his job as a respected paediatrician to target young boys, all of whom had cancer or blood disorders, between 2009 and 2013.
He was caught after the grandmother of one of his victims reported him when the child told her what had happened.
Despite being told by police in Canada that Bradbury was buying child porn on the internet, investigators in the UK failed to act for 16 months, classifying him as ‘low risk’.
The police’s national Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) was given the information from Toronto police in July 2012.
But it was not forwarded to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Police until the National Crime Agency took over CEOP in November 2013 and Bradbury was arrested a month later.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has now served notices on four officers who held management roles in CEOP.