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April 12, 2011

NEW: Panel backs criminal checks on medical workers

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature would require criminal background checks for anyone seeking a new license to be a nurse, doctor, dentist or several other health care jobs.

The House Public Health Committee voted 7-1 today in favor of the bill, which would permit state boards to suspend, deny or revoke the licenses of people with criminal offenses affecting the person’s ability to perform their duties.

State licensing agency attorney Marty Allain says current law relies on workers to accurately self-report convictions on license applications.

The Senate has already approved a version of the bill, which also would allow state boards to randomly select some seeking license renewals for criminal checks.

An Indianapolis Star investigation last year found several instances in which nurses didn’t report arrests or convictions.

 

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