Tory bid to end liability for error

The Conservatives will introduce an amendment to the Health Bill to prevent clinicians being held criminally liable for single dispensing errors.

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 in Manchester.

Dispensing Doctors' Association chairman Dr David Baker called for the decriminalisation of such errors earlier this year (GP, 14 April).

He told GP that although it should not happen, any dispenser could make an honest mistake.

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