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Jul 12, 2016 9:55 AM

After hepatits C outbreak, staffing agency seeks partial dismissal of NH hospital's suit

The Associated Press

EXETER (AP) — A staffing agency that placed a medical technician at Exeter Hospital who infected patients with hepatitis C in 2012 says it shouldn't have to compensate the hospital for payouts made to patients who tested negative for the virus.

David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. Despite being fired repeatedly over drug allegations, he had worked as a cardiac technologist in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Triage Staffing's attorneys are asking a federal judge to dismiss part of the hospital's lawsuit seeking contributions to financial settlements made with patients who tested negative but claimed emotional and physical injuries.

A jury trial is tentatively set for October 2017.

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