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Tuesday, November 16, 1999 Published at 17:38 GMT


Shipman patient 'refused treatment'

Dr Harold Shipman denies all charges against him

A GP accused of murdering 15 of his patients told police one of his alleged victims had refused treatment for heart problems on the day she died, a court has heard.

Dr Harold Shipman, interviewed by police over the death of 73-year-old Winifred Mellor, told them he had diagnosed angina but she had refused further treatment, Preston Crown Court was told.

The Shipman Trial
Dr Shipman, 53, of Roecross Green, Mottram, Greater Manchester, denies killing 15 of his female patients by injecting them with morphine, and forging the will of one of his alleged victims.

Detective Sergeant Mark Waring told that court that when he interviewed Dr Shipman he was told Mrs Mellor had visited the doctor's surgery on 11 May and complained about chest pains.

He said he had asked her to consider being referred to a specialist.

Dr Shipman said he later called at her home to see what she had decided to do, and saw her through a window sitting in a chair inside the locked house.

[ image: Winifred Mellor: Found dead at her home]
Winifred Mellor: Found dead at her home
When he entered with a neighbour, he said, he found she was dead.

Dr Shipman denied to police he had called at the house three hours earlier, as a neighbour said.

"I can't remember visiting and I don't think I did visit," Dr Shipman was said to have told police.

Sgt Waring said he asked Dr Shipman: "If you were going round for a wrong purpose it is highly unlikely it would be recorded?"

Dr Shipman replied: "Do you really seriously consider I should answer that question?"

He denied to police that he had been "cold and uncaring" in dealing with Mrs Mellor's family after her death.

He said: "I am usually a careful and considerate person dealing with anyone who died. I don't recall dealing with them any differently."

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