August 2003

Sex offender doctor is still allowed to treat NHS patients

A senior gynaecologist who was placed on the sex offenders’ register for viewing child pornography on the internet has been allowed to keep his NHS job. The decision has been condemned by patients and children’s charities.

Charles Redman, 46, was arrested as part of Operation Ore, a nationwide investigation that has netted thousands of suspected paedophiles.

He has been forced to stop working at the private Nuffield Hospital in Clayton, Staffordshire, but has been allowed to retain his job at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Michele Elliott, the director of Kidscape, a charity dedicated to child safety, said: “There’s no way he should be allowed to continue seeing patients. I wouldn’t want him seeing me. The private hospital has got it right. The NHS has made a bad mistake.”

Mr Redman’s case is still under investigation by the General Medical Council, which has the power to strike off doctors. “It’s bizarre that he should be allowed to go on working while the GMC has yet to decide whether he can keep his licence. At the very least he should have been suspended,” added Mrs Elliott.