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NHS trust responds to Ben Cowburn inquest findings

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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ELLEN Wilkinson, medical director, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, after the inquest:

"First of all let me express again both my own condolences and those of the whole trust to Ben's family for their very sad loss.

"The inquest was very thorough and every aspect of Ben's life has been examined including, quite properly, the very short time he was a patient under our care.

"Ben was admitted to Longreach House on October 8, 2010 so we knew him for just those few short weeks during which time he was being assessed to try and discover the range and depth of his problems so we could ultimately provide the most appropriate treatment for him in the best possible conditions.

"Despite our efforts Ben sadly died. We immediately examined all aspects of our treatment and care. On the day Ben died he had been out with his sister. When back on the ward he was engaging well with staff and the other patients.

"He gave no indication of the tragic events which were to later occur.

"Both expert witnesses, who were independently commissioned by the coroner, concluded that none of the shortcomings identified caused Ben's death.

"The coroner is satisfied the trust has addressed the shortcomings identified."

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