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Five figure damages for woman sexually abused by paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury at Birmingham Children’s Hospital a decade ago

Myles Bradbury


A woman who was sexually assaulted at Birmingham Children’s Hospital by a paedophile doctor has been awarded a five-figure damages settlement.

Dr Myles Bradbury was jailed in December 2014 for abusing 18 young boys who suffered from serious illnesses when a paediatric consultant haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

He admitted committing 25 offences between 2009 and 2013, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images, relating to crimes he committed against patients, aged between 10 and 16.

Now, a legal investigation into allegations made against him from his time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has seen Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust agreeing to pay a woman a five-figure damages settlement.

The assault took place when Bradbury was working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital between October 2007 and November 2008, predating his employment at Addenbrooke’s and the offending for which he is serving a long jail term.

The woman was represented by solicitor Renu Daly, of Hudgell Solicitors, a specialist in supporting victims of abuse.

Ms Daly has already successfully recovered damages on behalf of six child victims of Bradbury, and 15 families, and says this case will now bring ‘greater scrutiny’ to the period of time in which he cared for children in Birmingham.

Bradbury accused of sexually assaulting girl during ‘completely unnecessary physical examination’

As part of the legal case it was alleged Bradbury arranged an unnecessary appointment with the girl after a GP had sought written advice over a query regarding whether she would be suitable for a specific type of medication, in light of a family history of blood clots.

It was alleged Bradbury requested that girl remove clothing for what was an unnecessary physical examination and then proceeded to sexually assault her. It happened without a parent or chaperone in the room at the time.

Ms Daly claimed the Trust had failed to ensure the safety of patients by ensuring all vulnerable children were appropriately chaperoned at appointments, which would have prevented such an assault.

The woman, now 26 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she decided to come forward after careful consideration, having being written to by the Hospital Trust following Bradbury’s arrest and subsequent conviction relating to his crimes in Cambridgeshire.

She said: “When the letter arrived from the hospital I thought back to when I had seen Bradbury and how inappropriate my examination had been. When you are young and naïve you don’t have a full understanding of what has happened.

“It was difficult to come forward, but I am glad I did. I hope that by me coming forward, if there are other boys and girls who were abused by him, they will come forward too.

“I have come forward not just for my sake but for the sake of all patients seen by this man, wherever he worked. He preyed on young and naïve people, so I truly believe there may be more like me.”

The woman said that despite only having made her allegation after being contacted in the wake of his conviction, she does recognise it has impacted on her life.

“You try and convince yourself that something like this has not affected you, but it does. I have lost my trust in health professionals,” she said.

“My 18-month-old daughter had to go to A&E recently and it was a male doctor, and I wasn’t comfortable with that.

“I haven’t heard of any other girls coming forward, and have seen that all his convictions were against boys, but I don’t believe that I was the only girl to have been hurt in this way.”

Solicitor Renu Daly says Trust has been right to compensate victim

Ms Daly welcomed the settlement from the Trust and said it now posed a serious question over Bradbury’s conduct during his time at the hospital.

She said: “This has been a case of great concern as the allegations pre-date all convictions relating to Bradbury’s time at Addenbrooke’s.

“We know from his admitted offending that Bradbury abused his position and created opportunities for himself to be alone with young children to sexually assault them, and that his offending was frequent.

“This lady has been extremely brave in coming forward to make these very serious allegations which has resulted in a significant damages settlement being offered and accepted.

“It opens his time at Birmingham up to greater scrutiny and could well prove the catalyst for more people to question their treatment at his hands now they are adults.

“We know from experience that many who are abused at a young age try to bury it in the past, but it can continues to impact on them in their day to day life, as it did our client in this case.”

In a statement released to the media, a spokesperson for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of Myles Bradbury, who have suffered a great deal of harm and distress. Bradbury’s shocking actions, for which he was jailed in 2014, represented the worst breach of trust one could imagine for the patients and families involved.

 “The safety of the children and young people we see is a priority. When these allegations came to light we contacted all of the families under Bradbury’s care to offer support and advice – referring any concerns to the police.

“At the time, we also conducted a thorough review of our approach to chaperoning to offer families further reassurance around the safety of their children, while in our care. This is something we continuously audit.”

Ms Daly continues to represent a further eight male victims relating to Bradbury’s time at Addenbrooke’s, who she says suffered ‘catastrophic psychological injuries’ as a result of his abuse.

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