Health matters: antimicrobial resistance
Antibiotics have played a pivotal role in the advancement of healthcare, allowing for the combat of infections that were previously untreatable. However, Public Health England (PHE) has stated that “Antibiotic consumption in England is on the rise and increased antibiotic prescribing is fuelling increased resistance in bacteria.”
The use of antibiotics has increased by 6.5% over the past four years, and PHE is concerned that antibiotics have been unnecessarily prescribed for minor ailments, such as coughs and colds, sore throats and ear infections, which increases the risk of antimicrobial resistance.
PHE wants to see a reduction in the number of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They have produced the resource below to help improve appropriate prescribing and it is aimed at prescribers, local authorities and public health policymakers.
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