September 2015

Derby heart specialist sacked for indecent images of children

HB141107C-17 Picture: Hannah Brackenbury PROOFS TO: Karen Payne, Oak House B, Ransom Wood Business Park, Southwell Road West, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 0HJ. Contact: Karen Payne - 01623 666157 / 07734 595898 Feature on the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary's cardiac department. Pictured: Steven Burn, consultant cardiologist, with one of the older 2D heart scanners. The hospital has just received funding to buy a new 3D scanner. LEAD

A Royal Derby Hospital heart doctor has been sacked over child abuse images.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Steven Burn was suspended from the hospital after police began an investigation. He was dismissed four months later.

The 53-year-old doctor, of Main Street, Church Broughton, admitted possessing indecent images of children between September 2011 and June last year, when he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court in December.

He also pleaded guilty to having other prohibited images of children, which had been deleted, between the same dates.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order and told he must take part in a sex offender programme.

On Burn’s Linkedin profile it states that he was a consultant cardiologist in Derby for 14 years and was a doctor for 28 years.

After listing his skills, which include being “a pragmatic manager and reliable team player” and having “a passion for making a difference”, he states: “Now seeking a challenging new role with a progressive organisation.”

When Burn appeared in court, he was told he must obey a sexual offences prevention order for five years.

This prohibits him from using or having any device that can access the internet unless it retains and displays the internet history and he allows it to be examined upon request by the police.

He must also not install any software that is capable of destroying or deleting the history of internet use or encrypts data held on the device.

He will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register until December 2019.

A General Medical Council fitness to practise panel will meet next week to discuss his case.