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The families of around 800 children who came into contact with a doctor who sexually assaulted young boys in his care have been spoken to because of fears that he might have had many other victims.

Dr Myles Bradbury preyed on boys as young as eight during his time as a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The 41-year-old carried out examinations on children "purely for his own sexual gratification", with his 18 victims including cancer sufferers and those being treated for blood disorders.

A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Addenbrooke's, said today that 800 families had been contacted since his offences came to light last November when one of his victims spoke to his parents about what had happened.

A helpline was also set up for anyone to express their concerns about the doctor, who worked at the hospital from November 2008 until he was suspended five years later.

Asked if there had been an increase in calls to the helpline since Bradbury pleaded guilty to 25 sexual offences yesterday, the spokesman said: "We do not have such information but there is likely to have been more people who have contacted us as there was when he first appeared in court in July."

Cambridgeshire Police, which investigated Bradbury, has also confirmed there are probably more victims.

As well as working at the hospital, he also held clinics in Ipswich and Colchester, with the families of these patients included in the 800 contacted.

Bradbury pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday.

He also admitted three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one count of voyeurism and two counts of making indecent images of a child, with more than 16,000 indecent images of children found on a disc in his home.

His offences involved victims aged from eight to 17, and were carried out between 2009 and last year.

The trust's chief executive, Dr Keith McNeil, said it "sickens" him to think the trust between Bradbury as a doctor and his patients had been breached.

"It is hard to put into words just how saddened we are that this situation has occurred, and 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," he said.

"As chief executive of the trust, I am so deeply sorry these incidents have happened and I am also deeply saddened, as a doctor, that one of my own profession has placed himself and his patients in this position. 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."

Bradbury pleaded not guilty to a count of sexual activity with a child and a count of sexual assault, which Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said will probably remain on file.

No date for sentencing was given but the judge said Bradbury could expect a "substantial" custodial sentence.

Bradbury was bailed and told he would have to sign the sex offenders register.

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