College suspends investigation into former Charlottetown doctor

Jim Day
Published on April 9, 2014
Grant Matheson says he no longer wishes to practice medicine so the investigation into his conduct has been stopped.
Guardian file photo

The College of Physicians and Surgeons has suspended its investigation into Dr. Grant Matheson because the doctor has not sought to regain his licence.

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

In late January, the college told The Guardian the lengthy investigation would likely wrap up within two months. On Tuesday, the college reported it has decided to suspend the investigation into Matheson due to the fact that the doctor is not seeking to regain his licence to practise.

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.

The college did not offer any details on the nature of the most recent investigation into the doctor.

If Matheson was to apply to be licensed in the future, the application would be discussed with council at that time, notes the college.

As of late January, only about half of Matheson’s 1,400 to 1,500 patients from his former Charlottetown practice had found a new physician.