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Fresh plea over GP antibiotic prescribing

By Lilian Anekwe

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) will write to all GPs in the UK and Europe to plead with them not to prescribe antibiotics for minor illnesses such as the common cold or coughs, in a bid to tackle a ‘wave' of antibiotic-resistant infections.

The influential organisation, based in Stockholm, says rising levels of resistance to an number of essential antibiotics are being reported across Europe.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said the BMA had been ‘campaigning for years' to discourage the inappropriate use of antibiotics. ‘This means two things - patients should not ask for them when they are not needed, and GPs should not give them.'

The ECDC is to write to all UK GPs regarding their antibiotic prescribing The ECDC is to write to all UK GPs regarding their antibiotic prescribing

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