by Rachel Ogbu
Dr Julius Awakame, 50, a NHS psychiatrist based in Harwich, Essex was sacked from his job and faces being struck off after he was found guilty at a medical tribunal of a number of misconduct charges.
Awakame who is originally from Ghana allegedly told a patient during consultation that she needed to get help from a 24-hour church TV channel based in Nigeria because she might be possessed by demonic ‘special forces’. He told her problems ‘could only be addressed by the church’
His medical notes also showed that he diagnosed the woman as having a history of ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and said her issues could not be addressed by regular treatment.”…Neither psychiatry not psychology would be able to help because there are special forces at play,” he was quoted as saying and even when community psychiatric nurse Martin Rowe asked him whether she the patient was possessed, he replied: ‘She may well be’ and claimed she had been thrown out of her local church due to her condition.
Dr. Awakame has since returned to his native Ghana where he is working as as a lecturer in ‘health informatics’.
According to reports; Awakame, who worked in various hospitals in the NHS from 1997 to 2014, will be disciplined next month by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.