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Dementia patients dying each year because they are prescribed the wrong medication

Dementia patients dying each year because they are prescribed the wrong medication
21st December 2012

One of the most senior figures in the NHS has revealed the shocking number of dementia patients who die each year because they are prescribed the wrong medication.

Tim Kelsey is the NHS national director for patients and information and was speaking to the Public Servant magazine when he made the startling admission.

He said: "At the moment about 2,000 people each year die because they are prescribed antipsychotic drugs when they have dementia."

Mr Kelsey also revealed that the NHS are not aware of the GPs that are responsible for this because of a "lack of data transparency".

It is why Mr Kelsey is looking to bring the NHS into line with the 21st century and remove the dependence on paperwork that can, and often does, go missing.

Although he admits that he will not be able to make the NHS completely paperless in the near future, he says that a new ebooking system will result in paperless referals by 2015.