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Health chiefs considering putting antibiotic prescribing targets into GP contract


Again GP's must not look at this as an honest dialogue. This is a either lazy science or something more sinister( i.e GP's being set up to be blamed and then used as an excuse for other 'reform'). A public health offical on radio 4 this morning talking abt inc antibioitc prescribing between 2010 and 2013. No mention if this was an increase per 1000 patients or just raw figures. She appeared happy to talk about 'levers' to change behaviour. Typical BBC but there was no analysis, no questions about why - how much is primary or secondary care initiated? How has complaints and defence fees had an impact? How many people are self prescribing from antibiotics bought in from elsewhere? after all any honest conversation about antibiotics would raise above issues. Unless you see this for what it is - part of a campaign of hostility then you Gp land will be destroyed further. Quite easy to fight back though, LMC to ask sec care to do their own antibiotic prescribing? maybe time to ask pt to opt out using patient records for 'personal safety reasons!'

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10 Oct 2014

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