Investigation into suspended Charlottetown doctor nearly completed

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 27, 2014
Dr. Grant Matheson
Guardian file photo

The College of Physicians and Surgeons is getting close to completing a lengthy investigation into a Charlottetown family doctor currently under suspension.

The college reported in October 2012 that it had suspended Dr. Grant Matheson’s medical licence and was conducting an investigation on the doctor.

On Monday, the college told The Guardian that the 14-month-old investigation will likely wrap up within two months.

The college would not offer any details on the nature of the investigation.

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.

He said he spoke with hundreds of Islanders about his experience with addiction, which he also said helped him connect with his patients who were experiencing similar issues. It is not known whether Matheson’s former struggles with drugs are linked to his current leave of absence.

At the time of his suspension in 2012, Matheson had roughly 1,500 patients.

A physician was assigned to review any lab reports or tests that were sent out and required follow up.

Any prescriptions Matheson wrote were to be honoured for a limited time following his suspension.