The UK’s National Health Service may be at risk of preventing harm to patients from medicines unless it improves the sharing of vital information when people move between services, according to a new study.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited 12 primary care trusts and surveyed 280 of their GP practices and found complete patient information is not always shared in a timely manner.

It found 81% of GP practices surveyed said details of medicines prescribed by hospitals were incomplete or inaccurate ‘all of the time’ or ‘most of the time’.

From April 2010, all trusts will be required by law to register with the CQC and show effective management of medicines. The CQC will take action against trusts not meeting the requirements.