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GP is struck off for imposing his religious views on a vulnerable patient

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h525 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h525
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A Christian GP has been struck off the UK medical register for exploiting a suicidal patient’s vulnerability by imposing his religious views on her, significantly risking her health.

Thomas O’Brien, 56, “soaked” the patient with religion, which strongly influenced her to stop her antidepressant and blood pressure medicines, a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found.

“Patient A” had anxiety, depression, and a borderline personality disorder related to childhood abuse. O’Brien was a …

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