A children’s doctor believed to be one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles is now advising police on how to stop child abusers in the NHS.
As new alleged victims of paedophile Dr Myles Bradbury come forward, we can reveal how police have visited him in prison in a bid to prevent cases like his.
And despite stonewalling in three interviews last year, police say Bradbury, who is serving 22 years for abusing 18 sick and dying children, has given them information.
The development comes as the mother of one of a “substantial number” of new victims reveals her son’s anguish and how she fears a NHS inquiry into the paedophile paediatrician could be a whitewash.
The probe – commissioned by the trust which runs Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, where Bradbury, 41, abused patients – is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Documents showing the terms of reference for the probe, which will examine how Bradbury was able to abuse children over a period of almost five years, reveal there is no guarantee the report will be made public.
The mum said: “We’ve not yet been asked at all what we feel the review should consider, yet they are talking about it all being completed by May 2015.
“How on earth can the terms of the investigation be decided, and approved, without speaking to all the families of the abused children?
“It immediately suggests this investigation will simply be a whitewash rather than the full, wide-ranging investigation it should be.
“Our children have already been let down in the worst imaginable way, so this investigation mustn’t do that to us again.”
Her son, who has suffered from an extremely serious and rare blood disorder, was seen by Bradbury for six years.
When an in-patient, the boy would make “dens” in his room and Bradbury would often encourage his parents to “go for a coffee” and he would get in the den with him.
The boy only accepted he had been abused by married Bradbury when the paedophile pleaded guilty to attacking other children last year.
His mum said: “I’m still struggling to deal with my feelings towards him (Bradbury).
“It is a mix of guilt for allowing him to do what he did to my son, but also anger and mainly numbness over what happened.
“As a family we still find it difficult to understand how someone could be so calculating and cruel towards anyone, let alone children who were fighting for their lives.
“To see your child fighting for his life on numerous occasions and to then find out that the one person that you trusted to do everything they can to save him, was actually abusing him and adding to his emotional stresses, is beyond words.
“We’ve also struggled to believe that the person who did these despicable crimes against these vulnerable children was the same doctor that we held in such high regard and trusted completed with our son’s life.
“This has absolutely shattered any trust I have for anyone, or indeed my son has.”
Police say that during three interviews prior to Bradbury pleading guilty, the paedophile answered all questions with “no comment”.
The prison visit to Bradbury, whose victims all had cancer or blood disorders, came as part of a review “which aims to ensure offending of this type cannot happen again”.
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police – the force which put him behind bars – said it was “an attempt to gain any further information from Bradbury that might help us prevent this happening again”.
He added: “Some information was given.”
Bradbury, who pleaded guilty to 25 offences in a hearing in September before being sentenced in December, has not been questioned about further victims, he said.
Legal firms are representing a “substantial number” of new victims.
The police spokesman said a “small number of cases” have gone to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice.
Renu Daly, of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, a law firm representing victims, described the doctor as a “prolific paedophile” and said victims and families want a public inquiry into his abuse.