Board hearing set for doc investigated for drug overdoses

Mount Carmel West
Posted at 9:54 AM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 09:54:55-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An intensive-care doctor accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients is set for a July hearing at the State Medical Board before it decides whether to take further action against his suspended license.

The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System fired William Husel in December. It found he ordered potentially fatal doses for 29 patients and doses for six more patients that were excessive but not likely what caused their deaths.

Husel's lawyers aren't commenting on that.

The board says Husel's hearing is slated for July 22.

Local authorities are investigating Husel. He and Mount Carmel face at least 22 related wrongful death lawsuits.

Mount Carmel apologized , put 23 other employees on leave, and says it changed its medication protocols to prevent similar situations.