Dr Philip McAndrew now 56 has been allowed to work by the General Medical Council

Paedophile doctor paid six-figure salary for consultant job at Barnsley Hospital despite conviction for child sex abuse images. 

Pictured credited to by SWNS

Dr Philip McAndrew has been allowed to work by the General Medical Council after having to quit a job at an Irish hospital when his 1998 conviction emerged there. 

A PAEDOPHILE doctor has been working in a hospital despite a conviction for having child sex abuse pictures.

Dr Philip McAndrew is a consultant and has been allowed to work under eight conditions set by the General Medical Council.

These include being overseen by a supervisor but none of the rules appear to relate specifically to contact with kids.

A source alerted us to the married dad’s six-figure salary job at Barnsley Hospital and branded it a “disgrace”.

They added: “A lot of people don’t know about his past and they should be warned. Some of the staff are very unhappy about it.”


Original case findings… 

November 1998

A hospital radiologist found in possession of ”revolting” pornographic images of young children is now at the centre of a legal wrangle over computer electronics.

But Dr Philip McAndrew, 37, of Ballencrieff Cottages, Longniddry, East Lothian, a radiologist at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, will have to wait a week to discover his fate.

McAndrew, a former Liberal Democrat candidate in East Lothian Council elections, admitted at Haddington Sheriff Court last month to being in possession of a quantity of indecent photographic images contained within a computer disc on April 23.

The court heard that McAndrew told police who raided his house that he had accessed the pornographic images via a source on the Internet.

The images were described by his defence lawyer, Mr Alex Prentice, as ”revolting”.

The court was told the accused had started to erase some of the images which he had obtained for his own private use. The accused now stood to lose his job.

But when McAndrew appeared before Sheriff George Presslie at Haddington yesterday a legal debate ensued as to whether the term computer electronic image was defined within the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 section 52A under which the charges had been brought by the Crown.

Sheriff Presslie wondered if a computer floppy disc with imaging material on it could be regarded as a photograph within the terms of the Act.

Mr Prentice said he was making no secret of the fact that the issue troubled him. There was a risk that the original guilty plea had been tendered improperly in the circumstances.

This was new territory and could be regarded as something of a test case for the future, he said.

In addition his client had erased some of the indecent material from which the police had produced photographs of electronic images using specialist complex procedures.

Mr Prentice said it was an issue of enormous importance and moved that McAndrew’s plea of guilty be withdrawn and for leave to substitute a not guilty plea.

This was opposed by procurator-fiscal Angus Reith who claimed a recent High Court ruling had made it clear that extraction of images from a computer disc fell within the act.

The sheriff continued the case until November 24 for consideration of the legal motion for McAndrew to change his plea.


A Cork hospital employed a consultant who was convicted of pornography offences in Scotland in October and who did not have proper…

A Cork hospital employed a consultant who was convicted of pornography offences in Scotland in October and who did not have proper papers to practise medicine in the Republic.

A special meeting of the board of the South Infirmary/Victoria Hospital will be held next Monday to determine how the consultant radiologist, who was fined £1,500 in a Scottish court in connection with pornography offences, came to be employed at the hospital.

The consultant radiologist, Dr Philip McAndrew (37), came to Cork last weekend and was given a contract by the hospital which had an urgent need to fill a radiologist post because of a vacancy caused by illness.

The consultant had accreditation from the British Medical Council and gave references from colleagues at the Scottish hospital where he had worked.

These were checked by staff at the Cork hospital, but Dr McAndrew was not registered at the Medical Council in Dublin, and it appears the hospital accepted an assurance that his Irish registration was in the post. It is a requirement in the Republic that before a doctor practises in the State he or she must be registered with the Irish council.

The hospital yesterday was reticent on the subject. It issued a short statement saying that, although Dr McAndrew came highly recommended, as soon as his conviction became known to the hospital his resignation was accepted immediately.

Specifically, the consultant was charged with down-loading pornographic images of children from the Internet and storing these on disc. A jail sentence was not handed down and neither was he struck off the British Medical Register, nor considered to be a danger to children.

It is understood Dr McAndrew was preparing to bring his family from Scotland to Cork where he had leased a house, but last night he was not available for comment and appeared to have left the city.

The board’s vice-chairman, Senator Denis Cregan, said lessons would have to be learned and would be learned. The sad thing, he added, was that such an excellent hospital which had given tremendous service to the people of Cork for almost two centuries had to look outside the State to fill vacancies urgently. “That makes us vulnerable,” he said.

Senator Cregan said the meeting next Monday would be a frank one. Searching questions would be asked. The fact that someone with a criminal conviction had been hired by the hospital would not rest easily with board members or with the consultant staff who had achieved high standards of excellence.

A Medical Council spokesman in Dublin said its role was to maintain records of doctors accredited to it who were practising in the State.



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