Medication errors

GPhC reassures pharmacy professionals as government orders review of medical malpractice

The reflective element of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s professional revalidation process should not contain details that would identify a patient, says GPhC chief executive.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has  pharmacy professionals over the reflective element of its revalidation process after the government announced a review of medical malpractice cases.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered the review in the wake of the case of trainee paediatrician Hadiza Bawa-Garba who was struck off the medical register after being convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence after mistakes in the care of a six-year-old boy who died from sepsis.

The “rapid review” of medical malpractice cases will be led by former president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Norman Williams, and will focus on reflective learning, openness and transparency. It is expected to report back by the end of April 2018.

The General Medical Council has already announced its own of the issues around medical manslaughter.

Bawa-Garba’s case has led to some doctors boycotting reflective entries as part of their appraisal process, and Hunt himself  over the implications for learning and reflective practice in e-journals.

“We understand that pharmacy professionals may be worried about reporting errors and taking part in processes to learn from errors, but it is vital for patient safety that errors are reported and discussed,” said Duncan Rudkin, chief executive of the GPhC.

“For this reason our revalidation proposals seek to encourage and support pharmacy professionals to reflect on where their practice could be improved during their peer discussion.”

He added that the GPhC will not ask pharmacy professionals or peers to record what was discussed, but instead they will be asked to record how the process of having a peer discussion has benefited their practice. Furthermore, he said the records should not contain any details which could identify a patient.

Hunt on 6 February 2018 that medical malpractice review would “ensure the vital role of reflective learning, openness and transparency is protected so that mistakes are learned from and not covered up”.

He said the review would seek to establish “where the line is drawn between gross negligence manslaughter and ordinary human error in medical practice so that doctors and other health professionals know where they stand in respect of criminal liability or professional misconduct, and any lessons that need to be learned by the GMC and other professional regulators”.

Rudkin said the GPhC would “actively engage” with the rapid review and carefully consider the outcomes.

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20204361

Readers' comments (1)

  • Would GPhC like to reassure us that if, a reflection is used out of context in a court proceeding, and the pharmacy professional is convicted of manslaughter following an event that shows clear system failures that would prevent any human preventing harm - that the professional won't be automatically removed from the register as happened with Bawa-Garba?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Pharmacy and the US Health Care System

    A complete source of current information about the US health care system. Includes concise reports on trends, regulations, policy and finances.

  • Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy

    This established textbook covers every aspect of drug properties from the design of dosage forms to their delivery by all routes to sites of action in the body.

  • Minor Illness or Major Disease

    This established textbook helps you differentiate between minor illnesses which can be safely managed in the pharmacy, and major diseases.

  • Pathology and Therapeutics for Pharmacists

    An practical, integrated approach to the pathophysiological and pharmacotherapeutic principles underlying the treatment of disease.

  • MCQs in Clinical Pharmacy

    Four practice tests, each with 80 practice-oriented MCQs. Assess your knowledge of clinical issues, evaluative and analytical skills.


Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete

Supplementary images

  • Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt

Jobs you might like

  • Camberley Drive in Liverpool L25 9PU and Mosley Street in Blackburn BB2 3RX

  • Belfast (City/Town)

  • Fife (Scotland)

  • Newton Aycliffe, Durham

  • City of Edinburgh

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.

hunk channel

на сайте

читать дальше