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Berwick report highlights nonsense of criminal sanctions in healthcare

By News team

Criminal sanctions for healthcare errors should be extremely rare, national patient safety advisers have recommended.

The Government-commissioned Berwick report on patient safety says it “makes no sense at all” to punish a person who makes an error, and criminal sanctions should be used mainly to deter wilful or reckless neglect or mistreatment.

Numark managing director John D’Arcy said the report “appears to be in full support of pharmacy’s campaign for decriminalising dispensing errors”. It also makes a valid point about the need to ensure adequate staffing levels, he added.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11124140

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