GPs cut antibiotic prescriptions by 2.6m in just one year

NHS Improvement says overall reduction in antibiotic prescriptions of 7.3% in just one year

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The number of antibiotics being prescribed to patients by GPs in England has fallen significantly according to latest figures.

NHS Improvement say prescriptions for all types of the drug were down by more than 2.6m, compared with last year, to about 34m in 2015-16.

Heralding the drop as a “fantastic result” the health watchdog said the figures showed doctors were being careful not to over-prescribe antibiotics, the BBC reported.

More from  NHS Improvement here

BBC News: GPs praised for ‘dramatic’ cut in antibiotic prescriptions

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