An Columbus, Ohio critical-care doctor was arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who authorities say were deliberately given overdoses of painkillers, reports the Associated Press. Dr. William Husel, who was fired from the Mount Carmel Health System in December and stripped of his medical license, turned himself in for an arraignment. Husel’s attorney said he didn’t intend to kill patients.
Mount Carmel Health System said Husel ordered potentially fatal drug doses for 29 patients over several years, including five who may have been given that pain medication when there still was a chance to improve their conditions with treatment. The health system’s officials said Husel wasn’t removed from patient care until four weeks after a concern about him was raised last fall, and that three patients died during those weeks after getting excessive doses he ordered. More than two dozen wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the doctor and the hospital system. Mount Carmel has publicly apologized and settled some of the civil cases for hundreds of thousands of dollars.