23 more medical staff were dismissed on Thursday July 11th at the Ohio hospital where painkiller overdoses were given to dozens of patients. The hospital administration said it is changing its leadership, in a sign that the professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of prescribing the drugs.
The announcement came five weeks after William Husel pleaded not guilty to 25 murder charges for the deaths, marking one of the biggest cases of its kind against an American health care professional, AP has reported.
The announcement was made by the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. The sacked Mount Carmel employees include five doctors, nursing and pharmacy management team members, hospital President and CEO Ed Lamb said in a statement. One employee remains on administrative leave, and 11 are being given the chance to return to work if they complete additional training, he said.
Mount Carmel did not specify whether those employees are nurses and pharmacists who administered or approved the excessive doses.
Authorities have said the nurses and pharmacists involved are not being prosecuted, though dozens have been reported to their respective professional boards for performance review and potential disciplinary action.