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Prescription Drugs: Safety

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 114180, tabled on 11 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations of the Short Life Working Group on reducing medication-related harms; and if he will reconvene the group to identify a five-year future plan.

Answered on

24 November 2020

The Medicines Safety Improvement Board continues to work to deliver the recommendations of the Short Life Working Group (SLWG) which advised on how to improve safety in the use of medicines.

A review of the progress against the recommendations of the SLWG is being conducted on behalf of the National Director of Patient Safety and is expected to report to the Medicines Safety Improvement Board in December.

The Department has no plans to reconvene the SLWG on reducing medication-related harms. Medication harm is included in the 10-year National Health Service National Patient Safety Strategy.