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Warning for God besotted psychiatrist

Warning for God besotted psychiatrist

A former mental health facility locum has been given an official warning for imposing her religious beliefs on vulnerable patients.

According to this report, Dr Antonia Johnson, a devout Christian psychiatrist, imposed her beliefs on three patients at Fulbourn Hospital, which opened  in 1856 as the County Pauper Lunatic Asylum for Cambridgeshire, the Isle of Ely and the Borough of Cambridge.

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal heard that she left a patient in distress after providing her with “unsolicited religious material”.

While working on the Springbank Ward for high risk patients with severe personality disorders in April last year, she gave the patient a Christian leaflet “Francesca’s Road to Freedom“.

The panel also heard she imposed her beliefs on second patient  who had been subjected to sexual abuse by her step-father by directing her to the religious website fathersloveletter.com.

A third patient was subject to a similar experience when Dr Johnson imposed her with unsolicited religious material which she described as:

A highly inappropriate way of forcing her opinion on me.

Johnson also told her:

She was only in hospital because she wanted to be.

All the charges were found to be proven.

Johnson admitted that while working as a locum at the Priory Hospital, North London, in 2012, she distributed religious materials and said she was “not willing to change her approach”, adding it was the hospital’s problem if they did not accept her working methods.

During the hearing, Johnson apologised for any distress she had caused and said her motives were “well intentioned”.

The panel found Johnson’s fitness to practise was not impaired, but decided to issue her with a warning, which will remain on her registration for five years.

Joy Hamilton, panel chair, said:

The panel considers that whilst Dr Johnson holds well-meaning and strong beliefs in the Christian faith, she misapplied them in her role as a doctor. The manner in which she sought to discuss and deliver her own beliefs in the circumstances in which she did, amounted to an imposition.

Patients were extremely vulnerable and Dr Johnson had insufficient or scant regard to that fact. There appeared to have been little or no regard to the patients’ circumstances in seeking to provide religious messages.

This conduct does not meet with the standards required of a doctor. It risks bringing the profession into disrepute and it must not be repeated.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust said:

Dr Johnson was working at the time as an Agency Locum at Fulbourn Hospital and was promptly discharged when the misconduct came to light. A report into the actions of the doctor was passed to the agency she was employed by, for them to include in their formal disciplinary process.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

16 responses to “Warning for God besotted psychiatrist”

  1. Broga says:

    “The panel considers that whilst Dr Johnson holds well-meaning and strong beliefs in the Christian faith………”

    Unfortunately her “well meaning” efforts are the same as those who are convinced that foisting their Christian beliefs on people must be to the other person’s benefit. This might well have the opposite effect. She was unprofessional and far beyond acceptable conduct. I’m not sure she can be anything else.

  2. L.Long says:

    Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution! Persecution!
    The mantra of the privileged few to not force their BS down other throats.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    As ever, xtians see the weak and vulnerable as fair game. In my opinion the salvation army being just about the most cynical of them all. ‘Faith in action’ my arse. ‘Charity in return for faith’ more like.

    http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk

  4. Robster says:

    They’re like vultures these people. They realise that to fall for their silly nonsense, the potential victims need to be somewhat compromised, in this instance with a mental illness. Without the “compromise”, victims are unlikely to fall for it. Are shrinks tested for their ability to believe absurd nonsense before being let loose on patients? Perhaps they should be.

  5. Paul Cook says:

    Why is she a doctor ?
    Doesn’t the babble state very clearly that any believer who is sick should just pray to god. No doctors – ever.
    I wonder how they can believe so fervently to want to (force) convert others, yet so unashamedly ignore what they themselves want others to believe.

  6. 1859 says:

    You help people with a mental illness by directing them to follow beliefs that come from the mental illness of religion? Sounds like a wonderful way to heal people – tell them to follow the genocidal, misogynist, revengeful,megalomanic being the christians call god. The insane leading the insane.

  7. barriejohn says:

    The panel found Johnson’s fitness to practise was not impaired…

    Really? Do they neeed a psychiatrist or something?

    …but decided to issue her with a warning, which will remain on her registration for five years,

    Why? Do they really think that the deluded nutter is going to desist from telling everybody about her “wonderful saviour” and his “power to heal”? It’s what he “commands” Christians to do. How naive can you get?

  8. AgentCormac says:

    Johnson … said she was “not willing to change her approach”

    In other words, she’s going to do it again. Sack her. Strike her off. Keep her as far away as you can from all nursing institutions.

  9. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: That’s what I mean. Jesus told them to “make disciples of all nations”. It was his last request!

  10. Rob Andrews says:

    i wonder if patients who maintain atheism during their ’50 minute hour’ sessions, will be diagnosed as delusional. Since a delusion is defined as the persistance of’ belief in spite of rational evidence to the contrary’.

    Will the doctor then think they have one of the symtoms of schitophrenia. Since that is one of the symtoms. This could result in forced hospitalzation. I remember when in California , homosexuality was considered a mental illness.

    “I know your religion isn’t true, the same way you know other people’s isn’t true”–Mark Twain

  11. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: She is not willing to change her approach because, being so indoctrinated herself, she can only view the world in the context of her religion. Psychiatry is about 50 years behind the rest of medicine anyway and depends on drugs and verbiage. It is therefore well placed to influence the vulnerable with words.

  12. dennis says:

    o’ these delusional humans. The template if you don’t convert we will kill you (islamic state) . The template if you don’t convert we will proselytize till you are mentally ill or you convert. Where is my Island of sanity and knowledge, I found it right here Free Thinker Mag!!! this post is not an advertisement just an acknowledgment of your great work and posts.

  13. Broga says:

    @dennis: Stick around. You are among friends. Good to have your comments.

  14. Vanity Unfair says:

    “The panel also heard she imposed her beliefs on second patient who had been subjected to sexual abuse by her step-father by directing her to the religious website fathersloveletter.com.”
    Or, could have directed her to that paragon of the step-father, -daughter relationship so famous in the NT: Herod Antipas and Salome.

  15. monkeygirl says:

    Presumably if she was treating a patient who was “hearing the voice of god” she would think they were perfectly fine and in the right place, rather than quite seriously unwell? Dangerous nonsense. I have a friend who worked in a psychiatric hospital and she always said that the psychiatrists were madder than the patients.

  16. Rob Andrews says:

    @monkeygirl:

    Good conterpoint to my first paragraph. That would really be a screwed up scenario.

    “Philosophy has questions that may never be answered; religion has answers that may never be questioned”–Atheist Empire website http://www.atheistempire.com