Doctor convicted of downloading child sex images now working at Barnsley Hospital

General Medical Council imposed a number of job conditions on Dr Philip McAndrew since his conviction and £1,500 fine in 1998

Thomas Hornall
Monday 31 July 2017 16:22
Dr McAndrew currently works as a radiologist at Barnsley Hospital
Dr McAndrew currently works as a radiologist at Barnsley Hospital

A doctor convicted of downloading child sex images is working at Barnsley Hospital, it has been revealed.

Consultant Philip McAndrew, 56, was found to have been employed by the hospital after a source tipped off The Sun newspaper.

The radiologist has eight job conditions imposed on him by the General Medical Council (GMC) including clinical supervision, having to notify the GMC of new employment and allowing the GMC to share information with his employer.

He is also barred from working as a locum and must tell employers of the conditions imposed on him.

Dr McAndrew was fined £1,500 in 1998 after admitting downloading pornographic images of young children on his computer.

He was working as a consultant radiologist with Kirkcaldy Acute Hospital at the time but moved to Ireland after his employers said his behaviour didn't meet required standards.

He was forced out of his next job at the South Infirmary in Cork after bosses learned of his conviction.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: "We do not comment on individual members of staff, however, all NHS organisations are required to follow stringent recruitment processes and checks when recruiting medical personnel.

"These processes include communicating with the General Medical Council (GMC) which is the regulatory body for medical practitioners.

"We follow these processes and checks for the recruitment of all of our medical workforce."

A GMC spokesperson said: "We don’t comment on individual cases but we can confirm the doctor’s registration status.

"The doctor has conditions on his practice for a matter that we continue to investigate. We cannot comment further."

Additional reporting by Press Association

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