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Politics

Decade after hepatitis outbreak, medical registry might end

New Hampshire State House, Concord, N.H. (NHPR photo)
Dan Tuohy
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NHPR
New Hampshire State House

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A decade after New Hampshire stopped a traveling medical technician who had been stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C, the Legislature might eliminate a registration system aimed at preventing similar misconduct.

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New Hampshire created the Board of Registration for Medical Technicians in response to David Kwiatkowski, who is serving 39 years in prison for replacing painkillers with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

The House recently passed a bill that would eliminate the board.

The bill's supporters say the board creates unnecessary bureaucracy at a time when health care facilities are struggling to hire workers.

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