May 4, 2016 12:03 PM

UPDATE: Jail doctor with suspended license now on leave from state hospital

MANCHESTER - The Valley Street jail doctor who had his medical license suspended last week is now on leave from his full-time job at the New Hampshire Hospital, the state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

The Union-Leader reported Dr. Matthew J. Masewic, a unit director at the state-operated hospital that treats mentally ill patients, was placed on paid leave Monday, said Jake Leon, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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He will continue to receive his $143,300 annual salary while the state Board of Medicine investigates his actions as a doctor at the Valley Street jail.

Meanwhile, the Board of Medicine has postponed a hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, into its emergency suspension of Masewic’s license. A date for a hearing has yet to be set. Until then, Masewic cannot practice medicine at any correctional facility.

Masewic is employed full time at the New Hampshire Hospital, where he has worked since April 2008, Leon said. He earned $90,000 a year as a part-time doctor for the Valley Street jail, where he worked two nightly shifts of four hours apiece each week; he was also available on call, according to his 15-page suspension order by the Board of Medicine.

Leon said he could not discuss why Masewic was put on leave.

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