Senate sends to governor bill requiring more child-abuse training for doctors

jbrammer@herald-leader.comMarch 7, 2014 

FRANKFORT — The state Senate gave final approval Friday to a bill that would require more training for Kentucky doctors to recognize and prevent abusive head trauma in children.

House Bill 157 now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear for his consideration. No legislator voted against it in either the Senate or the House.

The measure would require the State Board of Medical Licensure to include training on recognizing head trauma caused by child abuse in its continuing education requirements for pediatricians, radiologists, family practitioners, and emergency medicine and urgent-care physicians.

It was recommended by the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel that Beshear created in 2012.

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