Managing medicines in primary and secondary care

15 Dec 2016 - 12:01am

This report brings together the key messages from all of the Auditor General’s local work on medicines management.

Our overall conclusion is:

  • We found many good aspects of medicines management, and health bodies are collaborating well to improve services. Nevertheless, medicines management needs a higher profile within health bodies.
  • Whilst NHS Wales is taking positive steps to improve primary care prescribing, there is further scope to make quality and cost improvements.
  • In hospital, pharmacy services are rated highly by NHS staff but there are problems with medicines storage, gaps in information about medicines, and the delay in implementing a national electronic prescribing system is frustrating efforts to improve safety and efficiency.

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