The psychiatrist, Dr. Julius Awakame, who was sacked for advising a patient to get help from Pastor TB Joshua’s television station, Emmanuel TV, because she might be possessed by demonic ‘special forces’ has been cleared of any wrongdoing in UK.
The 50-year-old Ghanaian was employed under the National Health Service(NHS), which provides free healthcare to all U.K. residents and was sacked after he diagnosing a female patient as having a history of ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and said her issues could not be addressed by regular treatment on January 23 2014.
According to Daily Mail, the disturbed woman – who said she was a childhood victim of a ritualistic satanic paedophile ring – was so upset at the consultation she ‘switched off’ before fleeing the room at a health centre in Harwich, Essex.
She later claimed the church was ‘an abusive place’ for her and the fact Awkame mentioned it had ‘destroyed’ her faith in doctors and affected further therapy.
Awkame, who was sacked the following month and immediately returned to his native Ghana, has now been cleared of misconduct after the Medical Practioners Tribunal Service said his approach was ’empathetic and appropriate’.
The British tabloid reported that the tribunal chairman David Kyle told the Manchester hearing: ‘By indicating that he was a Christian, Dr Awakame was being supportive and encouraging, in that he was giving Patient A a signal to indicate that she could speak freely.
‘The Tribunal does not believe that he was either talking about or pressing his own beliefs on her in order to persuade her to look for a spiritual, rather than medical solution.
‘Rather he was responding empathetically and appropriately to what he understood to be Patient A’s overpowering belief in the satanic ritual nature of the abuse she had experienced and its impact on her health.
‘Patient A had, however, rejected the church due to her previous experiences as she considered this to be part of the abuse that she had suffered – and somewhat inevitably, therefore, she was likely to react badly to any suggestion of spiritual solace.
‘By responding as he did, Dr Awakame was seeking to convey his understanding and acceptance of what Patient A strongly believed, not what he believed.
Mr Kyle added: ‘The Tribunal judged the online material to be moderate in its content – it was not pressing extreme or pernicious religious views.
‘SCOAN did not appear to be taking advantage of people or preying on their vulnerabilities. The content of the online material is appropriately described as ‘evangelical’ in nature.’