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N.H. officials reject hospital affiliation

CONCORD (AP) – The New Hampshire attorney general’s office rejected a proposal for two seacoast-area hospitals to affiliate themselves with Massachusetts General Hospital, saying it likely will adversely impact competition for health care services in the area.

The office’s Charitable Trusts Unit released its report Friday.

Last year, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Exeter Health Resources, which includes Exeter Hospital, announced an agreement to create a new, not-for-profit organization that will serve as their parent company and will be part of the Mass General family. Hospital officials said the affiliation would expand access to services that they could not provide as stand-alone organizations.

The hospitals said in a joint statement that they welcome ongoing discussions with the attorney general’s office and expect to show the concerns “are wholly unfounded.”