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Doctors back out of participating in Nevada fentanyl execution after court asks for their qualifications

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 04 February 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o319
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Two doctors and two emergency medical technicians who had agreed to participate in a Nevada lethal injection have withdrawn after a judge asked the state’s corrections department for information about their qualifications.

Their withdrawal leaves the state with no medical staff currently willing to participate in the execution of Zane Michael Floyd, 46, who was convicted of murdering four people in a 1999 mass shooting at a Las Vegas grocery store. Nevada law requires a medically qualified team to insert the intravenous lines that deliver the lethal drugs and to certify prisoners’ readiness for execution and then their death.

“I will continue to attempt to locate qualified individuals,” the deputy director of corrections, William Gittere, told the court in written testimony.

Nevada’s Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the names of medical staff participating in executions may …

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