The fresh inquest into Sally’s death is due to commence on Monday 26 September at Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Coroner’s Court and is anticipated to last for three days. The Coroner is Professor Paul Marks, Senior Coroner, who also presided over Sally’s previous eight-day inquest in 2015.
It has been agreed that a transcript of the original 8-day inquest will be admitted onto the record and the focus of the new inquest will be on information previously deliberately withheld from the original inquest. This information relates to a conversation which took place between Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Kwame Opoku-Fofie and Laura Elliot, one of Sally’s Community Psychiatric Nurses, both of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust. This conversation followed the “unconscionable” and “quixotic” assessment of Sally by two Crisis Team nurses, Patrick McKee and Gemma Pearson (now Marsh), who refused Sally hospital admission.
At the time of the previous inquest Humber Trust admitted clinical negligence and the Coroner found neglect. This inquest will consider, among other things, whether this previously undisclosed discussion provided a further opportunity to save Sally’s life.