A children's doctor who abused 18 boys in his care has had his 22-year jail sentence reduced to 16 years.
Myles Bradbury, 42, who worked as a paediatric consultant haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, had his custodial term reduced by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.
Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Mr Justice Goss announced that they were "restructuring" the original 22 years, replacing it with a custodial element of 16 years with an additional six years on licence.
Bradbury, who was described by the trial judge at Cambridge Crown Court as one of the worst paedophiles he had ever seen, watched proceedings today via video-link from prison on the Isle of Wight.
He was jailed in December after pleading guilty to more than 20 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images, involving boys aged between 10 and 16.
All of the victims suffered from leukaemia, haemophilia or other serious conditions. Some have since died.
Bradbury from Herringswell, Suffolk, filmed some of them using a spy pen and abused others behind a curtain while their parents were in the room.
Bradbury must serve two-thirds of the 16 years imposed as part of the extended sentence before he can apply for parole.
Lady Justice Hallett said: "As far as the impact of the appellant's offending is concerned, it has been exceptionally widespread.
"The impact on the children and their parents has been devastating. Many parents blame themselves for not knowing what was going on and/or trusting the appellant."
Some parents had seen "a significant change in the personality of their child".
Some children had suffered from clinical depression, nightmares, stress, feelings of anger and shame, and had required counselling and therapy.
The judge said: "Not surprisingly, some find they cannot trust doctors any more and have not sought medical attention when they should. More than one has suffered severe psychological harm."
She said that parents of children who had died and were trying to come to terms with their loss had been caused the worry of wondering if their child had been a victim.
The judge added that Bradbury's colleagues "felt guilt, anger and shame for failing to appreciate what was happening".
She added: "The reputation of the hospital has suffered, the reputation of paediatric medicine has suffered.
"Patients generally and their families who need to trust healthcare professionals may find it more difficult to do so."
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