The official regulator of GP’s has claimed there are too many errors when they are prescribing drugs to patients. The review which was undertaken by the General Medical Council (GMC) who were looking at one in six people who have been regularly prescribed drugs. The worst affected in the study of 1200 were the elderly and the young.
The GMC were quick to report that although there had been errors they would most likely have been corrected once the prescription had been filled out and the pharmacist had checked it over. They feel that doctors may feel too rushed to provide sufficient enough healthcare and have suggested that consultations be increased from 10 to 15 minutes. This may also improve the administering of drugs to patients.
The most common errors that had occurred were not enough information and also the information was not correct in terms of what dosages should be taken and the correct occurrences of such. Approximately a fifth of patients experienced an error with their prescription in the last year and in the over 75’s that figure rose to almost 40 per cent.
Overall they believe that the numbers of errors that were ‘severe’ were round about four per cent. These cases were due to allergies to the drugs and a lack of monitoring potentially dangerous ones like warfarin, which thin the blood. Andrew Lansley, has asked the public not too worry as even if mistakes were made there were certain protocols to make sure these did not affect the public.