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Government’s antimicrobial resistance strategy will have real impact, UK ministers promise

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2135
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The UK government’s strategy on tackling antimicrobial resistance is already making strong progress and will have a real impact in years to come, MPs have been told.

Plans are also afoot for a publicity campaign later this year that will encourage patients to stop putting pressure on their GPs to prescribe antibiotics during consultations.

MPs on the House of Commons science and technology committee quizzed government ministers and officials on 12 March as part of their inquiry into antimicrobial resistance.

During the evidence session MPs asked Jane Ellison, the public health minister, whether the government’s latest five year strategy,1 published in September last year, would be fully implemented—given that around 20 of the recommendations of …

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