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Managing medicines in primary and secondary care
15 December 2016
This report brings together the key messages from all of the Auditor General’s local work on medicines management.
Our overall conclusion is:
  • We found many good aspects of medicines management, and health bodies are collaborating well to improve services. Nevertheless, medicines management needs a higher profile within health bodies.
  • Whilst NHS Wales is taking positive steps to improve primary care prescribing, there is further scope to make quality and cost improvements.
  • In hospital, pharmacy services are rated highly by NHS staff but there are problems with medicines storage, gaps in information about medicines, and the delay in implementing a national electronic prescribing system is frustrating efforts to improve safety and efficiency.

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