Doc with suspended license retires

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 28, 2016 6:58PM

A Peterborough podiatrist whose license was temporarily suspended retired last week, as he faced permanent suspension, according to state documents.

The state board cited “odd and bizarre” behavior that posed an “imminent danger to life and/or health.”

Dr. Edward Newcott submitted a retirement letter March 21, two days before the board was scheduled to consider further suspending or revoking his license.

Newcott practiced podiatry in Peterborough and Concord.

In 2012, the board received a complaint about unhygenic methods in Newcott’s office.

The complainant alleged Newcott did not sanitize instruments, wash his hands between patient visits, and routinely gave out medications that were out-of-date. After an investigation, the board temporarily suspended Newcott’s license.

As it reconsidered reinstating it, Newcott agreed in November 2014 to no longer perform surgeries, see patients in nursing home settings and to close his New London office. Newcott also brought on Dr. Timothy Kemple to provide general and infection control supervisory support.

The board eventually found Newcott “committed professional misconduct and ordered that his license remain suspended until he could complete additional continuing education in infection control.” Soon afterward, Kemple retired, and Newcott replaced with him Dr. Stanley Gorgol. Newcott did notify the board of the change.

Starting in summer 2015, Newcott started to ask the board to lift restrictions on his license. He repeatedly called Dr. James Dolan, a board member, who said he would tell Newcott it was “inappropriate and unhelpful for [Newcott] to call him.” Newcott sent on Dec. 2 a “disjointed” and “confusing” letter to the board asking it lift the restrictions. Five days later, Newcott called Penny Taylor.

“It was Ms. Taylor’s impression that the respondent seemed to be confused about events that had already taken place,” the board wrote in the Order of Emergency License Suspension and Notice of Hearing.

Newcott’s “odd” and “bizarre” behavior continued, including during a March 9 meeting.

“Ms. Taylor stated the [Newcott] appeared very confused at this meeting,” the board wrote. “The board voted to deny respondent’s request and moved to go into a nonpublic session. [Newcott] was told he cold not stay in the room for the nonpublic session, but the respondent continued to discuss his request. Eventually, one of the board member was abale to lead the respondent out of the room.” The board suspended Newcott’s license March 17.