Doc­tor charged in 25 deaths sues hos­pi­tal

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

COLUM­BUS, OHIO » An Ohio doc­tor ac­cused of or­der­ing drug over­doses in the deaths of 25 hos­pi­tal pa­tients has sued his for­mer em­ployer for defama­tion, ar­gu­ing that he did noth­ing wrong and did not de­vi­ate from hos­pi­tal pol­icy on end-of-life care.

Dr. Wil­liam Husel, who is ac­cused of mur­der, filed the lawsuit Thurs­day in Franklin County against the Colum­bus-area Mount Carmel Health Sys­tem and its par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion, Trin­ity Health Corp.

“It would not be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion to state that Dr. Husel has suf­fered per­haps the most egre­gious case of defama­tion in Ohio’s re­cent history,” ac­cord­ing to the lawsuit.

Pa­tients died from their ill­nesses, not the ad­min­is­tra­tion of fen­tanyl, a pow­er­ful painkiller or­dered by Husel, he said in the lawsuit.

Husel also claims he re­ceived no for­mal train­ing on hos­pi­tal pro­ce­dures from Mount Carmel when he was hired in 2013 as a crit­i­cal care physi­cian and that he re­ceived a doc­tor of the year award in 2014.

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