Coroner will consider whether Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust could have done more to help a mother whose remains were found two years after she went missing.

Inquest to be held because of questions over whether Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust could have acted differently before Marie went missing.

The Coroner said: “I do have reason to suspect that the state or its agents – in this case the mental health trust – knew, or ought to have known, of the immediate risk to Mrs Scott’s life around the time decisions were made on whether she was detainable under the Mental Health Act.”

Mother of two Marie Scott was aged 58 when she went missing from her home in Hale, Trafford, in December 2017.

At a pre-inquest review on Thursday (June 17), coroner Chris Morris agreed that the inquest should rule on the circumstances surrounding Mrs Scott’s death as well as the cause, in what is known as an ‘article two’ inquest.

Speaking at South Manchester Coroners Court in front of her family, Mr Morris said this was because there are questions over whether Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust could have acted differently before she went missing.

He explained that the evidence he had seen had seen pointed to an ‘escalation of self harm’ in the run-up to Mrs Scott’s disappearance, and that there could have been opportunities to detain her which ‘could have been expected to avoid her death’.

A coroner will consider whether GMMHT could have done more to help a mother whose remains were found two years after she went missing.

The inquest will be heard at South Manchester Coroners Court, in Stockport, for five days from January 10, 2022.

Representatives from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be among those giving evidence.

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Source: Manchester Evening News, 17th June 2021

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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