Byline: PETER ROSE
A FAMILY doctor accused of murdering a man he was treating for cancer may have helped more than 300 patients to end their lives, it was claimed yesterday.
GP David Moor was arrested after speaking out on euthansia and allegedly admitting that he helped people to die.
He denies murdering 85-year-old retired ambulanceman George Lid-dell with a massive dose of the painkiller diamorphine.
Rachel Chapman, an NHS communications chief, told Newcastle Crown Court she had spoken to Moor by telephone on the day that an article about euthanasia appeared in the Sunday Times.
The 52-year-old Newcastle doctor was quoted in a story about former United Nations medical director Dr Michael Irwin who admitted that he had taken part in assisted suicides.
Referring to her notebook, she said Moor had told her: 'I probably dealt with about ten a year and have been doing so for the last 30 years. In terms of the last week I have had two patients. They were people that were ready to go and their relatives were ready for them to go.' Earlier, prosecutor James Goss said the trial was not about euthanasia, but was a simple case of murder.
He told the jury how Moor had been called in by Mr Liddell's relatives on the day before he died because of the pain he was in. Moor had given the nurses caring for Mr Liddell 20 doses, each of 30mg, of diamorphine. Only four were used and Mr Liddell's son-in-law Anthony Ryan said the widower had 'yelled out in agony'. …