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New York surgeon slaps behinds of sleeping patients to test strength of anesthesia

By Mason White 1:37 PM October 8, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
People are angry after a New York hospital hired a surgeon who was accused of slapping sleeping patients.

The St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, fired orthopedic surgeon Michael Clarke, after being accused of abusing patients.

However, they decided to rehire Clarke, after suffering huge losses due to his absence. The hospital lost $4.1 million in the first 6 months of this year, after Dr. Clarke performed his surgeries at another hospital.

Dr. Clarke was suspended after staff members accused him of calling anesthetized patients derogatory names and hitting them so hard that he left red marks and handprints on their behinds.

The hospital initially ignored staff complaints, but later took action against the doctor. Clarke was also accused of using sexually explicit language during procedures.

Clarke defended his actions, saying that hitting patients was his way of testing the strength of the anesthesia.