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New system will measure and prevent medication errors

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors.

As part of the plan to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, the NHS will introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital.

The indicators will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. This will allow the NHS to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from happening.