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A critical care doctor in Ohio has been charged with murdering 25 patients by allegedly ordering fatal doses of pain medication.

William Husel, 43, formerly a physician at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, pleaded not guilty to all counts at a bail hearing on Wednesday after turning himself in to police.

His bond was set at $1m. Each murder count carries a sentence of 15 years to life.

Image: Dr Husel is charged with 25 murders Pic: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The deaths are alleged to have taken place between February 2015 and November 2018 and involved the synthetic opioid fentanyl, said to be 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

The investigation into Dr Husel began after a lawyer representing Mount Carmel contacted prosecutors after concerns were raised about his actions by another member of staff.

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Ed Lamb, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System said: "Following the discovery of the actions of Dr. Husel, we notified appropriate authorities, including law enforcement.

"We have shared information with them and will continue to fully cooperate throughout their investigation.

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"Mount Carmel has made and will continue to implement meaningful changes throughout our system to ensure events like these never happen again."

Mount Carmel is being sued by the families of some of the victims
Image: Mount Carmel is being sued by the families of some of the victims

At a news conference on Wednesday Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said the inquiry had been focused on cases iRead More – Source

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