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North Devon District Hospital ‘deeply shaken’ by doctor’s child pornorgraphy conviction

PUBLISHED: 15:01 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 20 March 2017

North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple.

North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple.

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Healthcare trust’s medical director said trust worked ‘very closely’ with police to help convict consultant on child pornography charges.

North Devon District Hospital has been ‘deeply shaken’ at the conviction of a former consultant over child pornography.

Jonathan Walsh was today (Monday) sentenced to three years in prison for 17 charges involving indecent images of children.

Police worked closely with Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) throughout the case.

None of the crimes related to any contact offences, or any patients at North Devon District Hospital.

Jonathan Walsh has been sentenced today at Exeter Crown Court. Jonathan Walsh has been sentenced today at Exeter Crown Court.

George Thomson, medical director for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This case has deeply shaken everybody at NDHT and we know it has been a shock to the community.

“We have worked closely with the police throughout this case and we know that none of these crimes relate to contact offences, and none of the images relate to patients at North Devon District Hospital.

“At the launch of the police investigation in September 2015 we took immediate action to exclude Dr Walsh from working at the Trust and informed the General Medical Council.

“Dr Walsh was dismissed with immediate effect when he was charged in June.

“Anybody with any concerns can call 0300 123 1744 to find out how to access support.”

Read the full story on Walsh’s sentencing here.

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