Senate panel takes up medical registry bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Medical technicians like the one who stole drugs from Exeter Hospital and infected patients with hepatitis C would be required to register with the state under a bill before a New Hampshire Senate committee.

The bill, which has passed the House, would create a board to register health care workers who are not otherwise already licensed or registered and who have access to both drugs and patients. Hospitals would be required to report disciplinary actions to the board, which could perform its own investigations of wrongdoing.

The bill is a response to David Kwiatkowski, 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.

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