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BMA responds to medication errors patient safety review

Responding to new plans announced by health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt to improve patient safety by reviewing medication errors, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: 

"Prescribing is a complex process and with multiple potential interactions, particularly when elderly people are taking large numbers of different medications.

"While the vast majority of prescribing is carried out to a high standard,  adverse incidents can still occur. 

“The NHS needs to learn from these instances, and we hope these plans will lead to improved systems in hospitals and community settings that reduce the possibility of errors as much as possible. 

“GP practices are facing increasing demand on their services, with patients presenting with increasingly complex health problems, so the Government needs to continue to work with us to establish a workforce strategy including enabling practices to expand their multi-disciplinary team to help meet patients' needs.  

“This includes the greater involvement of pharmacists working in, or linked to, practices and surgeries."


Notes to Editors

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