A general Medical Council review has highlighted that the GPs have started making a lot of mistakes while prescribing drugs to the patients. But thankfully, the review is also suggesting that the mistakes are some minor ones and people need not to worry.
Yes, the review has also cleared in its report that the errors that are being made by the GPs in the prescription slips are not too big and can e easily corrected by pharmacists before giving them to the patients.
The office regulator said that the errors are being noticed in one in every sixth person's prescription drugs slip. The above conclusions are coming from the study ran over 1,200 patients to make a note of how many patients in numbers are getting affected from these errors and if these errors are really serious or no.
The most common type of error that was identified during the study was incomplete information about the drugs, their dosage and time durations the doses must be taken at.
Definitely the errors are very minor but study says that the elderly and the young are the worst affected from these mistakes though even minor. The severely affected groups were the over-75s and the children below 14 years.
Researchers have immediately urged the concerned authorities and departments to provide better training to GPs and thoroughly check their prescribing practices and similar knowledge.
The second recommendation that came from the researchers said that the length of the GP consultation must be increased from 10 minutes to 15 minutes enabling them to ease time pressure upon them and avoiding any chances of such errors.
Regarding the situation, lead researcher of the study Professor Tony Avery said in his statement, "It is important we do everything we can to avoid all errors".