Safe staffing is key to reducing drug errors

Safe staffing is key to reducing drug errors

The RCN has reiterated its calls for safe staffing legislation as new research shows drug errors are contributing to as many as 22,000 people dying in England every year.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an NHS crackdown on errors in dispensing medication and has proposed a range of measures to reduce what he says are “totally avoidable” mistakes.

These include the continued rollout of electronic prescribing, greater openness about mistakes and a change in the law so pharmacists are not prosecuted for owning up to genuine errors.

But RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said the impact of short staffing and severe financial pressures should not be ignored.


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