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Minorities missing out in asthma

Weary GPs do not more readily resort to antibiotics on a Friday afternoon ­ as has been popularly supposed. But perhaps they should, because new research suggests prescribing rates for antibiotics are at their highest on Mondays.

Dr Yestin Chong, who is training to be a GP, searched 20,000 practice records in order to pinpoint any daily variations in antibiotic use.

He blamed the Monday peak on patients whose illnesses had been 'brewing' over the weekend. 'It's good to know our frustration on Friday afternoons is not reflecting the way we treat our patients,' he said.

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