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GPs achieve dramatic cut in antibiotic prescriptions

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3002 (Published 26 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3002
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

GPs in England have dramatically cut antibiotic prescribing, giving 2.6 million fewer prescriptions last year, figures from NHS Improvement have shown.

The total number of antibiotics prescribed by GPs fell by 7.3% in one year—down from 37 033 310 items in 2014-15 to 34 337 167 in 2015-16. This significantly exceeds the 1% reduction target that the national patient safety team set with Public Health England and NHS England.

GPs have also managed to reduce prescribing of broad spectrum …

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