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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia have reprimanded a Bridgewater doctor.

A Bridgewater doctor with a history of drinking problems has been reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Anthony Atkinson has been ordered to abstain from drinking alcohol, be tested for alcohol and get treatment, according to a release from the college Tuesday.

Atkinson denied being drunk while practicing medicine or on call.

He was referred to authorities following an undated incident at the South Shore Regional Hospital, the release said.

An investigation by the college found that Atkinson was unfit to practice on that date and had shown poor judgment by showing up in the critical care area of the Bridgewater hospital with the knowledge that he may have had an infectious disease.

The college said it had repeatedly warned Atkinson about his use of alcohol because of the risk it presents to his practice.

The South Shore Regional Health Authority confirmed Tuesday that they suspended Atkinson's hospital privileges on July 26, 2010, pending an internal review. Four days later on July 30, he resigned.

Atkinson has not practiced at any of the authority's hospitals since that date.