NH House gives initial OK to technician registry

By By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has given preliminary approval to a bill creating a registry for medical technicians like the one who stole drugs from Exeter Hospital and infected patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes.

The bill would create a new board to register health care workers with access to both drugs and patients, and would require hospitals to report disciplinary actions to the board. It comes in response to David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee), who was sentenced in December to 39 years in prison. He had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011, despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations.

The House voted 228-92 on Wednesday to send the bill to its Ways and Means Committee for further review.

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