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NHS England to Introduce a System for Monitoring Medication Errors

Country Correspondent: Molly FitzGerald

In an effort to reduce medication errors, the English National Health Service (NHS) is implementing a system that will link primary care prescribing data to hospital admissions. Minister of State for Social Care Caroline Dinenage says the estimated 237 million medication errors per year necessitate finding a consistent way to measure these errors in the NHS and provide data to improve care and reduce costs. Other measures to reduce medication errors and increase transparency will be introduced in conjunction with these indicators, including the acceleration of implementing electronic prescribing systems across more NHS hospitals.

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