We've seen a number of members describe issues with prescribing and dispensing issues.
With medicine issues - such as side effects and adverse reactions - we have the Yellow Card scheme. Although we might not always feel that these reports have the impact we'd like, at least there is a system in place. And we can lookup statistics.
Are any of you aware of a similar scheme for reporting prescribing/dispensing issues? Wherever they occur.
Of course, standard surgery, clinic, pharmacy or hospital (etc.) complaints can be raised. But one of the positive aspects of the Yellow Card system is that it is appropriate for reporting minor issues - as well as major. It also allows the reporter to be anonymous. Which might be highly desirable where a patient has no choice but to continue using the facility.
Trying to think of a suitable name! But nothing is coming to mind.
Almost 6,000 people harmed by prescription errors in NHS last year
Figures from NHS England also show 29 people were killed by prescription errors in 2021
A pregnant woman who died after being given the wrong dosage of drugs was one of almost 6,000 people harmed and 29 killed following prescription errors in the NHS in England last year.
Figures from NHS England show that 98 hospital trusts experienced an increase in the number of prescription errors reported in 2021, including cases where patients were given the wrong drug, wrong dosage or were not given medicine when needed. Meanwhile, the number of errors fell at 105 trusts.
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