Conservatives campaign to decriminalise single dispensing errors

The Conservatives will introduce an amendment to the Health Bill to ensure that pharmacy practitioners will no longer be held criminally liable for single dispensing errors.

Andrew Lansley
Andrew Lansley

The announcement follows a recent case in which a community pharmacist was given a suspended prison sentence after reporting a single, genuine error.

Shadow health minister Andrew Lansley made the pledge at the annual conference of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) in Manchester.

President of the RPSGB Steve Churton said: ‘I am delighted that Andrew Lansley has responded to the commitments which the RPSGB has today made to the profession by himself committing that he will introduce an amendment to the Health Bill currently going through Parliament to ensure that pharmacy practitioners will no longer be held criminally liable for single dispensing errors.

‘Should he not be successful this October, he has further committed to introducing a new Health Bill in the first session of the new parliament if the Conservatives win a general election next year.'

 

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