NHS psychiatrist told satanist patient to get help from a 24-hour church TV channel in Nigeria because she might be ‘possessed’ by demonic forces
Dr Julius Awakame, 50, said psychiatry or psychology wouldn’t help her
He gave her the name of the channel and told her to get ‘nice holy water’
Doctor said he ‘studied’ the station ‘for hours’ in the consultation in 2014
Awakame faces being struck off after being found guilty of misconduct
By Katie Louise Davies
January 21, 2016
Dr Julius Awakame, 50, recorded medical notes diagnosing the woman as having a history of ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and said her issues could not be addressed by regular treatment.
Instead he gave her the name of the television station run by a church in Lagos adding: ‘neither psychiatry not psychology would be able to help because there are special forces at play.’
The woman – known as Patient A – claimed Awakame also told her to get ‘nice holy water’ before ‘switching off’ during the consultation at a health centre in Harwich, Essex.
When community psychiatric nurse Martin Rowe later quizzed Awkame whether she she was possessed, the medic replied: ‘She may well be’ and claimed she had been thrown out of her local church due to her condition.
The doctor’s employment with the North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust was terminated the following month.
Today Awkame – who has since returned to his native Ghana – faced being struck off after he was found guilty in his absence at a medical tribunal of a number of misconduct charges.
The consultation took place on January 23 2014 when Awakame was treating the vulnerable woman as an outpatient.
The hearing, in Manchester, was told he was made aware she had a ‘Dissociative Identity’ – a personality disorder – and a ‘history of previous satanic ritual abuse’ before making a record of it in his notes.
But Awakame, formerly of Ipswich, then told Patient A she had been ‘initiated through satanic ritual’ and wrote down a website address for her to access.
He told her the TV station was ‘specifically targeted for people who experienced similar situations.’
And he said her problems ‘could only be addressed by the church’ before he wrote down the name and suggested she write a book about her experiences.