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Better medicine management needed

11th August 2006

14032006_PillPackets1s.jpgThe Healthcare Commission has urged NHS hospitals to increase their efforts to improve prescribing and dispensing of medicines.

The medicines management review looks at comparative assessments for all 173 acute hospital trusts in England;   18 hospital trusts got the highest rating of “excellentâ€? while 12 got the lowest of “weakâ€?. Seventy trusts got a rating of “goodâ€? while 73 were “fairâ€?.

The Commission’s Chief Executive, Anna Walker, said that 'There is plenty of good news on medicines management.' However, she went on to say "our hospitals still have some way to go when it comes to involving patients in decisions about medicine." 

The Commission added that pharmacists should have a significant role in advising patients and hospital staff about drugs and their management to prevent errors occurring.

In hospitals in England and Wales there were over 40,000 medication errors in the 12 months to July 2006, covering a number of issues, which included giving the wrong type or amount of drugs.

The review is the first in a series of ratings which feed into the NHS’s overall performance ratings, the annual health check, which will be published on October 12, 2006.

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Article Information

Title: Better medicine management needed
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 641
Date Added: 11th Aug 2006

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Care Quality Commission

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