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Stoke-on-Trent GP struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct

Posted by doctore0 on January 28, 2015


exorcisA GP who was found guilty of serious misconduct after telling a patient the devil was “having a go” at her has been struck off the medical register.

Thomas O’Brien, who worked at a health centre in Stoke-on-Trent, was deemed “a risk to the public” after using his position to influence a vulnerable woman’s religious beliefs.

Dr O’Brien had not shown any insight into his actions, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found.

He has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

The doctor had told his patient, known as patient A and who was physically and mentally vulnerable, that psychiatry was dangerous and she should stop seeing her consultant.

He also retuned her bedroom television into an evangelical channel and said his wife, a faith-healer, could cure illness without the use of medication
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