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“Delays and errors” by homecare medicine providers are harming patients, says House of Lords report

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 17 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2724
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Problems with services that deliver medicines to patients at home and provide help to administer them are causing “serious harm” to some patients, a report from the House of Lords Public Services Committee has warned.1

During an inquiry into such services the committee heard reports of “delays and errors by homecare providers, resulting in patients receiving care later than scheduled.”

Around half a million NHS patients use homecare services in England, which are mostly run by private, for-profit companies. However, the report said if the problems with provision and …

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