- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - An arbitrator has awarded $17.5 million to a former Swedish Health neurosurgeon who says he was fired in retaliation for questioning the practices of another top surgeon.

The Seattle Times reports ( https://bit.ly/2xE1fOC ) Dr. David Newell lost his job a year ago, and Swedish says he was fired for failing to notify the organization that he had been arrested and jailed in a Seattle prostitution sting. Swedish is challenging the arbitrator’s award.

In a statement Swedish’s CEO, Dr. Guy Hudson, said the arbitration amount was “unconscionable and outrageous.”

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Newell says the prostitution issue was used as cover to get rid of him after he raised internal concerns about Dr. Johnny Delashaw, a star surgeon and the subject of a recent Seattle Times investigation, who subsequently resigned and had his state license suspended.

In July 2016, police say, Newell went to a massage parlor where police had set up a sting operation. Newell later pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute, according to records, and agreed to pay a fine and do 80 hours of community service.

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