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pill-errorNovember 24 2014

The government has published data relating to the number of prescribing errors that have been reported to the National Reporting Learning System for the past four years. It shows a low level of reporting in primary care, compared to the higher levels in hospital.

In hospital, the reporting figures exceed 2,000 each month. In GP surgeries, the number of reported incidents is declining, but has never been more than 47 in any month over the past four years. During 2013-14, the highest number of errors reported in any one month was 14. Figures are generally lower for prescribing errors occurring in community pharmacies, and have been in single figures each month for nursing homes.

In a written answer, health minister George Freeman said: “These are counts of reported incidents (any unintended or unexpected incident which could have, or did, lead to harm for one or more patients receiving NHS-funded healthcare) and do not represent the number of incidents which actually occurred.

“Whilst acute hospitals routinely uploaded reported incidents to the NRLS, routine reporting from GP surgeries, care homes, and community pharmacies is less widely established.

“We do not routinely collect data on all prescribing errors; however, the General Medical Council has undertaken discrete studies to assess the prevalence of prescribing error. These found a mean error rate of 8.9 errors per 100 medication orders for NHS acute trusts. Prescribing or monitoring errors in general practice were detected for one in eight patients, involving around one in 20 of all prescription items.”

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