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Health chiefs considering putting antibiotic prescribing targets into GP contract

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Once again GPs are being blamed for something way beyond their control. The reality is the population is ageing and government is pushing hospital work into primary care. Areas of deprivation like the de-industrialised northern cities have more health inequalities to contend with. It's no great surprise that older and sicker people need more antibiotics to keep them out of hospital. Government leadership has been very weak on antimicrobial resistance with little or no public campaigning on the issue, lax security on imported resistance from foods where antibiotics are used in growth promotion and carving up the NHS by the Health and Social Care Act so we cannot integrate strategies to target resistance. It is time the government took their share of responsibility for this threat.

Posted date

10 Oct 2014

Posted time

9:34am

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