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Hospitals push back against timeline to train more nurses in sexual assault care

Hospitals push back against timeline to train more nurses in sexual assault care

A group that represents Illinois hospitals is pushing back against a bill that would require hospitals to have specially trained medical providers available to treat rape and sexual assault victims.

The bill, which passed the House in April and is being considered by the Senate, would require hospitals to have a provider trained to treat assault victims present within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival in an emergency room by 2021.

“We’re still concerned that there won’t be enough time,” David Gross, senior vice president of government relations...

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