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CMO's personal letters to ‘overprescribing’ practices cut prescriptions by 3%


" surely the fact that GP antibiotic prescribing can be reduced by 3% simply as a result of a few minutes typing and a 60p stamp is cause for celebration, not defensiveness?" I'd have thought getting results by threatening people is the last thing we should be celebrating. All that you are doing is recalibrating doctors risk thresholds...for a while. It's cheap and crude. "At the end of the day we are the professionals so why are GPs so scared to say no?" I think you know the answer to that one. GPs now work in a world of fear where patients can refer you to the GMC by tapping on the screens of their iphones. Legal claims including so-called 'missed sepsis' have gone through the roof (you can even go to prison for this) and we receive little public support when things go wrong. The reality is that most GPs give antibiotics to people who are really ill or have underlying health problems that put them at risk. The education needs to be directed at changing the culture of expectation that some of the public have become indentured to.

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18 Sep 2015

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