Calls For Standardised Prescribing Charts

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has called on the Scottish Government to introduce a standardised hospital prescribing chart decreasing the risk of prescribing errors by doctors, particularly those in training.
A spokesperson for the college said that the idea of a national prescribing chart is a simple response to a complex problem. A General Medical Council study showed that in a one week period 6% of consultants and 10% of trainee doctors in the UK made prescribing errors. However research by the University of Manchester showed that pharmacists are picking up on these mistakes.
Standardised hospital prescribing charts were introduced in Wales in 2004 in detection of this problem.
As a pharmacist, do you feel you should be picking up on these mistakes? As stated by the University of Manchester, do you think you should be seen as part of a more integrated healthcare team? Please let Flame Health know your thoughts.

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