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.