MORE than £175,000 worth of medicines had to be written off at Barnsley Hospital in the last year, a report has revealed.

It’s a stark rise on the figures from the previous year when £50,000 worth of medicines were lost.

The report said: “The chief pharmacist explained that the losses are attributed to a combination of human error, equipment failures and stock control failures.

“Current staffing levels (25 per cent of posts vacant) are a contributing factor.

“Problems are mainly in ophthalmology and cancer services, where medicines are expensive.”

A further update will be provided to hospital bosses next month.