June 2019

Former NHS doctor, 55, is spared prison despite secretly spying on a 15-year-old girl through a hole in the ceiling as she took a shower

A former NHS doctor who spied on a naked 15-year-old girl taking a shower has avoided jail despite admitting doing it for his own sexual pleasure.

Dr Jonathan Fielden, 55, watched the teenager through a hole in the ceiling at a private residence in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire for around 20 seconds before the girl spotted the pervert.

The ex-medical director’s sick act has left his glittering career in tatters after he was stripped of his licence to practice medicine.

But the sex offender, whose previous £224,999 salary once made him one of the highest paid doctors in the country, was today handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting a charge of voyeurism.

Fielden, of Regents Mews, Biddenham near Bedford, traumatised the victim to the extent that for weeks she could not bring herself to take showers, according to prosecutor Kate Fortescue.

She eventually told other members of her family what had happened and, in December 2016, Fielden was arrested.

At Luton Crown Court, Judge Richard Foster said: ‘It’s tragic to see you, a man of such brilliance in your career – a hardworking man at the pinnacle of your career, responsible for a substantial part of the NHS budget – to fall from grace in the way you have because of what you stupidly did.’

Miss Fortescue said he had watched the teenager for 15 to 20 seconds, and went on: ‘He looked down a ventilation pipe and watched her shower for his own sexual gratification.’

She said that, since the incident, Fielden had taken steps himself to address his offending behaviour by having counselling.

Judge Foster was told that when the girl’s mother found out what had happened, it had deeply affected her own mental health and she had been prescribed anti depressants.

The court was told that following the arrest of the doctor, his mobile phone was examined.

Websites visited, said Miss Fortescue, featured underage girls and child sex abuse images.

Judge Foster sentenced the doctor to five months imprisonment, which he suspended for 12 months and ordered he carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay costs of £3500 and must attend 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and his name will go on the sex Offenders’ register.

Following his arrest Fielden, who had been privately-educated at Bedford School before going to Bristol University, was suspended and later resigned as deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning at NHS England.

He had been Chairman between 2006 and 2009 of the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee of the British Medical Association.

Fielden led the Care Quality Commission team which inspected Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2014.

He was appointed director of specialised commissioning at NHS England in October 2015.

Subsequently, he was reckoned by the Health Service Journal to be the 49th most influential person in the English NHS in 2015.