Hospital prescribing of antibiotics rose significantly between 2011 and 2014

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6753
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

GPs in England are issuing fewer prescriptions for antibiotics, but total consumption in primary care continues to rise, Public Health England has said in a new issue of Health Matters, a publication aimed at doctors and public health professionals.1

The discrepancy may be accounted for by longer courses or higher doses being prescribed, Public Health England said in the report of its surveillance programme published in October.2 That report also showed that prescribing of antibiotics in hospitals rose significantly between 2011 and 2014, by 11.7% to inpatients and 8.5% to outpatients.

Combining data …

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