Former doctor jailed for abusing girls at hospital

Former children's doctor Michael Salmon has been jailed for abusing young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital at the same time Jimmy Savile was abusing patients on the wards.

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Abuse doctor was 'prolific sexual offender'

A former children's doctor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was a "prolific sexual offender".

Designated Investigator Emma Barlow said: “I would like to thank all the witnesses for having the courage to come forward, face their abuser and tell the court what happened to them many years ago when they were child patients of Salmon.

“I would like to also thank the strength of the women who were the witnesses from an earlier conviction of Salmon in 1990.

They gave evidence to the court this time for matters they thought had been put to rest 25 years ago.”

Michael Salmon, 79, was convicted at Reading Crown Court. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Det Sgt Malcolm Wheeler from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “Salmon was a prolific sexual offender who abused his position of power in order for his own sexual gratification.

“As a consultant paediatrician, he preyed on young girls who had been referred to him for a variety of health issues.

They trusted him, they believed him, because he was a doctor and they thought he was trustworthy.

“They have had to live with his actions their entire lives and it is only because of their bravery that Salmon now faces a long time behind bars."

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