NHS England launches national programme to combat antibiotic overusage

 In Clinical Guidelines, NHS Guidelines

Antibiotic resistance has been a growing problem in recent years and now the NHS has launched the world’s largest healthcare incentive scheme for hospitals, family doctors and other health service providers to help prevent this.

Antibiotics save lives every day, and if the growing resistance against them continues, it will pose a serious threat to patient safety as a simple infection could soon be life threatening. The World Health Organization estimate that antimicrobial-resistant infections cause at least 50,000 deaths across the US and Europe, with that number estimated to grow to ten million deaths worldwide in the coming decades.

Overusing antibiotics and inappropriate prescribing are blamed for causing this and now the NHS has acted. Funding is now available to hospitals and other providers to reduce the use of antibiotics.

Their new programme goes live in April 2016 and NHS England reports that incentives will be made available via the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) and through clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to support expert pharmacists and clinicians to review and reduce inappropriate prescribing.

For more information, please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/03/antibiotic-overusage/

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