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Partners, South Shore merger backed by mayor

WEYMOUTH — Mayor Sue Kay and other local officials are supporting the proposed merger of South Shore Hospital with giant Partners Health Care, urging a state panel to reconsider its initial assessment that the arrangement would raise medical costs and decrease competition without improving quality of care.

“The merger is important to the town, to our economy, and to our health care security,” Kay wrote in a Jan. 15 letter to the chairman of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. “I hope you will consider the Town’s perspective as you consider this important matter further.”

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