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Stop Pharmacists being Criminalised for being human

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Another pharmacist has been made into a criminal by making a tragic mistake. Under the Medicines Act there is no option but criminal prosecution for pharmacists making errors when supplying medicines. Martin White from Belfast admitted his mistake and cited overwork (60h weeks), cramped working conditions, fatigue and low mood as factors. He is the latest in a line of pharmacists who have been prosecuted and criminalised. As part of the healthcare system, pharmacists, doctors and nurses all face long hours, understaffing relentless demand and pressure to work through breaks. When mistakes are made it is devastating for the patient, their family and the health professional involved. Criminal prosecution and sentencing is not the way to help the NHS learn from errors and improve healthcare. As a pharmacist myself working 27 years in the NHS I can see what the pressures are. The NHS itself recognizes this-we are taught about human factors which are known to cause error. These include the age-old term "human error" accepting that the best systems in the world can fail just because we are human. Any of us can make mistakes but we are not necessarily guilty of negligence-just being fallible. Are we all criminals if things go wrong?l



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