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World Patient Safety Day 2022 – 17 September 2022

Medication Safety- Medication Without Harm

In acknowledgement of the World Patient Safety Day 2022 theme of ‘Medication Safety – Medication Without Harm’, Jonathan Patton, Vice President of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, has made the following statement:

“The 2020 Department of Health’s 5 year plan, ‘Transforming Medication Safety in Northern Ireland’ reported that at any one time in Northern Ireland, 70% of people take prescribed or over the counter medicines to treat or prevent ill health. Making medicines the most commonly used medical intervention.

“While we are fortunate in Northern Ireland to benefit from excellent healthcare professionals, using robust systems for the safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines, medications can sometimes cause serious harm if incorrectly stored, prescribed, dispensed, administered, or if monitored insufficiently.

“On this World Patient Safety Day, we at the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, rededicate ourselves to effectively playing our role to deliver patient safety and the highest standards of patient care through the modern, effective, and proportionate regulation of pharmacy, ensuring the high standard of pharmacists entering our Register and their continuing professionalism and development”.

More information about World Patient Safety Day 2022 can be found here.

 

ENDS

16/9/22

Notes to editors

The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Our primary purpose is to ensure practicing pharmacists in Northern Ireland are fit to practise, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and deliver high quality safe care to patients.

For further information please contact Mark Neale at the Pharmaceutical Society NI on 028 9026 7933 or mark.neale@psni.org.uk