Attorneys for Dr. Brian Nadler say they will defend all charges against their client “vigorously” after he was arrested Wednesday and charged with three additional counts of first degree murder involving all elderly patients at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
Nadler, 36, an internal medicine specialist from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., was charged with first-degree murder in March 2021 following an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into the death of 89-year-old patient Albert Poidinger from Pointe-Claire, Que.
Officers from the Hawkesbury OPP detachment were first called to hospital on March 25, 2021 to investigate the man’s death, saying at the time the investigation pointed to multiple suspicious deaths at the hospital where Nadler worked.
The doctor is now facing new charges in connection with the deaths of Claire Brière, 80, of Rigaud, Que., Lorraine Lalande, 79, of Hawkesbury, and Judith Lungulescu, 93, of East Hawkesbury Township, according to police.
“The allegations against Dr. Nadler will be vigorously defended,” attorneys Brian Greenspan, David Humphrey and Naomi Lutes said in a statement following Nadler’s appearance Wednesday.
“All four patients died from COVID-19 and Dr. Nadler provided excellent palliative care. When the facts are fully presented, we are confident that he will be proven right.”
Nadler appeared in L’Orignal court via video from the Hawkesbury OPP station, where he was released on the same bail conditions as his previous release, including a court-approved bail and $10,000 acknowledgment. He must remain in Canada and must notify the police of any change of address.
He is prohibited from practicing any form of medicine and may not associate with employees or patients of Hawkesbury Hospital or their relatives.
A spokesman for the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) said the hospital was made aware of the three new criminal charges on Wednesday and staff continued to cooperate with the investigation. HGH withdrew Nadler’s hospital credentials after he was first charged in 2021.
“These charges relate to the deaths of three patients in his care,” the hospital acknowledged in a statement.
“HGH is fully cooperating with the OPP investigation and the legal proceedings being initiated. Our direct concern is with the families of the deceased patients and we are doing everything we can to provide them with the right care and support.”
HGH said in its statement that all services and programs remained fully operational and that the hospital “assures the local population that patient care is delivered in a safe, secure and quality-oriented hospital environment.”
Nadler’s medical license was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario shortly after he was first charged in 2021.
The Hawkesbury detachment’s crime unit continued the investigation led by the police’s criminal investigation division, the OPP said on Wednesday.
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