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Dr. Grant Matheson
Hundreds of Dr. Grant Matheson’s patients are still without a doctor since the Charlottetown family doctor was suspended more than one year ago.
Only about half of Matheson’s 1,400 to 1,500 patients have found a new physician, says Dr. Richard Wedge, CEO of Health P.E.I.
The other half, adds Wedge, have found a doctor either on their own or through the P.E.I. Provincial Patient Registry that currently has 8,822 patients on the list.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. told The Guardian Monday that it is within two months of completing an investigation into Matheson.
The college reported in October 2012 that it had suspended the doctor’s medical licence and was conducting an investigation on the doctor.
Five years ago, Matheson’s licence to practise medicine was suspended for a series of infractions that included over-prescribing narcotics to a patient so that he could purchase them back for his own use.
A successful appeal of that ruling granted Matheson a conditional discharge, putting the doctor on probation for two years. In 2010, he met all the requirements of his probation. In a candid interview with The Guardian at that time, Matheson admitted to struggling with addiction to the potent painkiller Dilaudid between 2003 and 2005.
Wedge says if Matheson is able to get his licence back, Health P.E.I. would help the doctor get back into practice if he is interested.