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In the current climate of global economic chaos and increasing healthcare litigation, it is unsurprising that patients continue to fall foul of healthcare systems worldwide.Major incidents in patient care such as serious misdiagnoses, medication errors, the proliferation of superbugs and malpractice persist leading to injury or death of patients, emotional trauma to their families and a reduction in the public's confidence in healthcare system not to mention the financial consequencesMany of these incidents are preventable and should not happen.It would appear that the systems in place within healthcare permit their occurrence.The paper will focus on medication errors.There are worrying trends with regard to medication errors.Potential contributing factors will be looked at.The aim of this paper is to illuminate the extent and severity of the problem of medication errors in practice and to explore elements within the practice setting that can compound it.The multi-faceted nature of the problem will be considered.