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State medical board restores Manchester doctor’s license

February 18. 2014 8:05PM

CONCORD — A Manchester physician with a past drinking problem had his license restored last week, but cannot work solo and must remain in treatment for the remainder of his career, the state Board of Medicine said.

The board restored the license of Joseph Savage, whose license it suspended in September 2012, after he was found urinating in the Catholic Medical Center parking garage. Hospital officials refused to let Savage see patients, and he tested .186 in a blood-alcohol test. He went to his medical practice and intended to see patients, the Board of Medicine said.

Officially, Savage was reprimanded. He can work as a physician, but only if he is employed by another doctor or a clinic that has a medical director. He must remain under treatment and monitoring of New Hampshire Professionals Health Program.

In an agreement signed last week, Savage said he has been sober since Sept. 13, 2012, the day after the CMC event. He has completed a four-month in-patient treatment program and passed all daily breath tests and urine tests.

“(Savage) has been medically cleared to return to the practice of medicine subject to conditions consistent with the terms set forth in this agreement,” the board’s agreement reads.

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