Accused murderer Dr. William Husel, who is alleged to have killed 25 people by fatal drug overdose, has sued his former employer for defamation.
However, in a lawsuit filed last week, Husel denies the charge, claiming he followed Mount Carmel West’s end-of-life protocols, and that the hospital breached his contract and defamed him.
“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,” the lawsuit says according to the Associated Press.
Husel claims the patients he is accused of murdering died from their illnesses and not fentanyl.
The former doctor is seeking $50,000 in damages. He is suing Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) and its parent organization, Trinity Health Corp.
Mount Carmel released a statement to ABC 6 after Husel and his lawyers filed their lawsuit.
“Allegations such as these are unfounded. We completed an extensive review of patient care provided by Dr. William Husel and stand by our decisions. Mount Carmel’s focus continues to be on caring for our patients.”
After being fired in January by Mount Carmel, the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Husel’s license to practice, according to the AP.
A MCHS investigation found that 35 patients received excessive amount of fentanyl, WBNS reports. After the investigation, MCHS President Ed Lamb resigned and 23 employees and two executives were fired.
Five months later, ten former Mount Carmel employees, nine nurses and one pharmacist, sued the hospital for wrongful termination. In its lawsuit, it argues that Husel nor anyone else breached hospital procedures, according to WOSU. Also, the lawsuit says that hospital executives were ignorant about end of life procedures.
“This preposterous (but headline-grabbing) false narrative of an evil rogue doctor and his complicit staff ultimately destroyed the lives and livelihoods of dozens of dedicated nurses and pharmacists, and convinced the public, the Franklin County prosecutor, and the State Attorney General, that something terrible had been going on. But nothing could be further from the truth,” the lawsuit says.
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