HC Deb 23 July 1973 vol 860 cc298-9W
Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons have been killed or injured as the result of careless dispensing in recent years.

Sir K. Joseph

I regret that no figures are available. Every year hundreds of millions of medicines are dispensed within and outside the National Health Service and these include dispensing by doctors, dentists and nurses as well as by pharmacists. Evidence of dispensing errors is extremely rare.