New Hampshire doctor reportedly shows up to work drunk, gets suspended

A New Hampshire doctor has had his medical license suspended after allegedly showing up to work drunk.

Joseph Savage, a physician at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., reportedly appeared intoxicated when he arrived, and a blood test revealed Savage a blood alcohol level of .186 percent, officials said. That's more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Hospital security found Savage asleep in his car on Sept. 13 and woke him up. Savage had been scheduled to see patients but was prevented from doing so because of his actions and appearance, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

"Upon learning of this particular incident, we took immediate steps to ensure Dr. Savage would not see any patients that day or execute privileges at CMC prior to the outcome of the Board of Medicine process or our own credentialing process," Alex Walker, general counsel for the hospital, said.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Savage had had past issues with alcohol and was being monitored by the New Hampshire Professionals' Health Program.

The New Hampshire Board of Medicine will decide in an Oct. 3 meeting whether Savage's license will remain suspended during an investigation into the incident.

Savage is an internist and has been practicing medicine in New Hampshire since 1981.

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