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Oct 18, 2016 8:54 PM

Republicans call for re-bid of state hospital contract

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire Republicans are calling on the state to re-bid a $36.5 million contract for psychiatric services at the state hospital, charging the process unfairly favored Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's office is calling the allegations "baseless" and "politically motivated."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock won the contract in September to staff New Hampshire Hospital, the only state-run psychiatric facility. Dartmouth College previously ran the hospital, but did not reapply for the bid this year. Republican officials and former hospital employees are alleging the state "colluded" with employees of both entities to undermine the competitive bidding process. Dartmouth-Hitchcock was the only bidder.

State Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Horn says she will file a state ethics complaint later this week. There's no available evidence to suggest Hassan herself attempted to unfairly influence the bidding process.

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