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Expert criticises care in mental health death inquest

An expert in psychiatry has criticised the care of a teenager from Cornwall who died at a mental health unit. Ben Cowburn, who was 18, was found dead in his room at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth in December 2010.

Dr Peter Jefferys told an inquest today that the hospital didn't increase its observation of the teenager when he took an overdose four days before he died.

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Expert criticises care of teenager at mental health unit

Ben Cowburn died at a mental health unit for adults. Credit: Family

An expert in psychiatry has criticised the care of a teenager from Cornwall who died in a mental health unit.

Ben Cowburn, who was 18, was found dead in his room at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth in December 2010.

At the inquest into Ben's death Dr. Peter Jefferys said the hospital didn't increase their observation of him when he took an overdose four days before he died. He also said a night nurse in charge of his ward hadn't been told he'd taken an overdose.

The inquest continues.

Mother of teen found dead criticises mental health unit

The mother of a teenager who died at a mental health unit in Cornwall has today criticised his care. Sharon Cowburn has told an inquest that a few days before her son Ben died, his psychiatrist called him a drama queen.

He'd tried to take his life several times before he was found dead at the Longreach Hospital in Redruth. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy was at today's inquest.

Ben Cowburn's inquest opens in Truro

The inquest has opened into the death of Ben Cowburn in Cornwall. Ben was 18 when he was found dead at a mental health unit for adults in Cornwall, a few days before Christmas 2010.

Since his death his parents, Steve and Sharon Cowburn, have set up a charity to campaign for a unit to deal with young people who have mental health problems.

At present anyone under 18 has to treated outside Cornwall.

The inquest is being held over nine days at a former convent in Truro and is expected to hear from 27 witnesses.

Ben Cowburn's parents arriving at the inquest into their son's death. Credit: ITV News West Country

Inquest to be held into death of Cornish teenager

Ben Cowburn died at a mental health unit for adults Credit: Family

An inquest will start today into the death of a teenager from Cornwall who died at a mental health unit for adults.

Ben Cowburn, who was 18, died a few days before Christmas 2010 in Longreach Hospital in Redruth.

His family are campaigning for a unit for young people to be set up in the county.

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The hearing, at County Hall in Dorchester, is expected to last two days.

Rosemary Snell & Michael Rolfe died in the Beaminster Tunnel in July 2012. Credit: ITV News West Country

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