Public health chief defends state in failed hospital deal

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s commissioner of public health has defended state officials against criticism that regulators caused the collapse of a deal with Tenet Healthcare Corp. to acquire five hospitals.

The Republican-American reports that Jewell Mullen offered her first public comments during a confirmation hearing at the legislature Tuesday on her reappointment as head of the Department of Public Health.

Tenet abandoned its plans to acquire the Connecticut hospitals in December because it said many of the 68 conditions by the Office of Health Care Access and Attorney General George Jepsen were too onerous. Talks resumed, but ended again last week.

Mullen said the state agency and its staff are being scapegoated for the collapse of the deal and Tenet’s other plans.

Sen. Robert Kane, R-Watertown, said he believed the Office of Health Care Access overreached.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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