Last year MPS facilitated more than 150 Clinical Risk Self Assessments (CRSAs) of general practices across the UK.
Due to the complexity of the legislation, an increasing number of practices are choosing not to stock controlled drugs or carry them in the doctor’s bag. Notably these were mostly practices whereby a quick response could be received from emergency services.
However, of those practices who held CDs, an analysis of the data from the CRSAs revealed that 13% of practices visited had risks associated with the overall governance surrounding CDs.
These risks included:
- CD registers – no running balance of stock
- Insecure storage – not stored in a lockable cabinet
- Incorrect destruction of CDs
- Carrying CDs in the doctor’s bag without concise records.
So what are the rules and regulations surrounding CDs?