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Medication/Prescribing error

Freedom of information request details

FOI request date:

Service: Claims Management Cause: Medication Errors

The following information was requested:

  1. Please send me details of the number of claims successfully settled and the sum of the damages paid, where the primary cause code is ‘medication error’ for 2016 – 2017 and 2017 – 2018.
  2. If possible, please include the above by medical speciality.
  3. Of those claims where the primary cause code is ‘medication error’ please undertake a keyword search using the term ‘ prescribing’ or ‘ ‘prescribing error’ whichever is the most appropriate, to determine the number of claims arising from prescribing errors for each financial year indicating the number of successful claims and sum of the damages paid.
  4. If possible please include prescribing error claims and damages by medical speciality.
  5. Although I understand that your database is designed for claims purposes and not specifically for research. Have you, or do you plan to publish details of the medicine products or types of medication error e.g. wrong medicines, wrong strength, known medicine involved in the claims for learning and system improvement in the NHS?

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