It has emerged that an NHS consultant anaesthetist who was struck off after assaulting his ten-year-old son with a broom handle made from aluminium has got his NHS job back. The male concerned has blamed his previous conduct on his ‘cultural upbringing’ in Nigeria.
Dr Adekunle Okunuga who is 59 struck his young son with the kitchen brush for misbehaving at school. In addition to this, Okunuga made his son perform squat thrusts and stand on one leg with his arms in the air whilst he kicked him. During the assault, he also hit the boy’s open palms with a walking stick and only stopped when he saw his son’s blood on the kitchen floor. The boy was treated in hospital for cuts and bruises and was later taken into foster care temporarily.
Following the incident, in 2015, Okunuga’s name was erased from the medical register after he was found guilty of serious professional misconduct. However, UNN’s Oliver Down understands that earlier this month the order was lifted, and he was deemed fit to practise medicine again after he admitted his behaviour was ‘excessive and uncalled for’.
Okunuga claimed similar corporal punishment would be routinely carried out on children in his homeland of Nigeria. On the day when the incident itself occurred, back in 2014, the young boy had been facing expulsion from school for swearing, using the word ‘rape’ and stamping on an injured girl during a school PE lesson.
The appeal hearing was told by Okunuga: ‘My behaviour was born out of my cultural upbringing; I should have known better, and I take full responsibility for my actions. If I were to witness a similar occurrence by one of my colleagues, I would be the first to speak up and take action and report it to the appropriate authorities’.
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This content was sourced from Unity News Network.