Patient whose GP’s religious activities contributed to her mental breakdown is awarded £12 700BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5159 (Published 05 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5159
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A patient has won £12 700 in damages against a locum doctor at her general practice who befriended her over five months and took her to religious meetings at his Pentecostal church.
Thomas O’Brien told Sally Brayshaw that his wife knew a different way of treatment that did not involve drugs. He and his wife later phoned Brayshaw from his home and heard about her difficult and abusive childhood.
Brayshaw, 54, had an emotionally unstable personality disorder and multiple physical, psychological, and social problems. The …