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Partners delays closing on South Shore takeovers as talks with attorney general’s office continue

Partners postponed its acquisition of 378-bed South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
Partners postponed its acquisition of 378-bed South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

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Partners HealthCare System’s proposed takeover of South Shore Hospital, which could have closed as early as Thursday, is being delayed as hospital officials negotiate with regulators in the office of state Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Partners on Wednesday agreed to postpone completion of the merger with the 378-bed Weymouth hospital and the acquisition of the Harbor Medical Associates physicians group, which is affiliated with South Shore, while the talks are in progress. Meantime, Coakley's office and Partners said, both parties are continuing to talk.

The hospital merger, which would allow two of the largest health care providers south of Boston to join forces, has been the subject of regulatory scrutiny since it was disclosed in 2012.

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