I am concerned that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who accidentally give the wrong medication to a patient have been prosecuted and convicted in criminal courts. Whilst not wanting to minimise the effects of such an error, is it really right to proceed to a criminal trial? Surely an investigation by the regulating bodies would be more appropriate in the first instance. This happens in other fields of medical practice.

Why is this idea important?

My understanding of a criminal is someone who has chosen to do something against the law of this country – this is clearly not the case where an accidental mistake is made

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