2 largest settlements yet add 9M over deaths tied to doctor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio hospital system that found a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for about three dozen patients who died has reached settlements totalling $9 million in lawsuits over two deaths.Those are much larger than previous settlements in cases involving the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and fired doctor William Husel (HYOO’-suhl).The two lawsuits alleged drugs ordered by Husel caused the death of a 58-year-old man last September and hastened the death of a 75-year-old woman in intensive care in November.The 43-year-old Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of the woman and 24 other patients over several years. He hasn’t been criminally charged in the man’s death.A defence lawyer has said Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.Kantele Franko, The Associated Press

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