All Sections

Home | Health

Newmarket doctor accused of assaulting patient surrenders medical license

June 22. 2018 12:49AM
Hugh MacDonald is shown during a May court appearance. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent file)

CONCORD — The Newmarket doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient has voluntarily surrendered to state regulators his license to practice medicine, state officials confirmed.

The Board of Registration in Medicine on Thursday released a preliminary agreement Hugh V. MacDonald had signed on May 17 that canceled what was going to be a permanent hearing on an emergency order of license suspension.

MacDonald said he will not see patients, write prescriptions or engage in any other medical practice activity until further order of the board.

In the agreement, MacDonald said “no promises or representations have been made to me” which included his decision to voluntarily suspend his practice.

MacDonald, 57, who lives in Newfields, was arrested May 11 at his office at Great Bay Family Practice, a Newmarket medical facility.

A judge has already ordered that MacDonald must wear a monitoring bracelet while he remains out on bail pending trial.

MacDonald is charged with eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault. All of the charges allege that he assaulted the woman while providing medical treatment or examination.

As soon as those charges surfaced, the medical board temporarily suspended MacDonald’s license.

“The board has received information indicating that the continued practice of medicine by Dr. MacDonald poses an imminent threat to life, safety and/or health, which warrants the temporary suspension of Dr. MacDonald’s license to practice medicine pending a hearing on whether permanent and/or temporary disciplinary sanctions should be imposed,” the board wrote in its order at that time.

The alleged victim, a 45-year-old woman, claims she was sexually assaulted on three different occasions.

According to the affidavit, the woman’s psychotherapist reported she suffers from multiple mental disorders and is “almost child-like.”

The affidavit claims MacDonald invited this woman to his office after hours each time and the assaults occurred in March and April.

Crime Health

Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed
Union Leader app for Apple iPad or Android *
Click to download from Apple Apps StoreClick to download from Android Marketplace
* e-Edition subscription required