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Medication safety in 2004: the NHS agenda

Jane Cowan (Medico‐legal Adviser in Risk Consulting, Medical Protection Society, Leeds, UK)

Clinical Governance: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7274

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



The Department of Health published a new document on medication safety in January 2004. This article reviews the content of the document from risk and safety perspectives. It considers difficulties in effective implementation of the relevant principles discussed in the document. It discusses the overriding concerns of training and resources, which are a significant barrier to reducing medication errors.



Cowan, J. (2004), "Medication safety in 2004: the NHS agenda", Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 132-135.



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