- Response to CMO statement on antibiotic resistance
RCGP response to Chief Medical Officer report on antibiotic resistance
Publication date: 11 March 2013
RCGP Chair Clare Gerada's response to Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies' report on antibiotic resistance
Responding to the CMO’s report on antibiotic resistance, RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada, said:
"Patients have come to rely on - and expect - antibiotics for common colds and infections that will get better naturally or respond better to other treatments and this can make it difficult for GPs to prescribe appropriately.
"The College has been working for some time to reduce the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics. Prescribing has been designated a clinical priority and we have already produced a wide range of resources, including a toolkit with the Health Protection Agency and free online learning - to support GPs in this area.
"The Chief Medical Officer's report and recommendations will help this work and we particularly welcome the emphasis on training and continuing professional development for health professionals.
"Antibiotics can achieve excellent results if prescribed and used appropriately but patients need to be more aware of their drawbacks and this report will help GPs to get this message across."
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