NHS England is to introduce new indicators to link prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. The new dataset aims to help the NHS monitor and prevent errors.
The indicators aim to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital. The first indicators will focus on gastro-intestinal bleeding. The programme will cover more medicines and associated conditions later in the year.
The launch of the new system follows research published earlier this year showing that 38 per cent of all medication errors occur in primary care.