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RCGP response to new NICE guidelines on resistance to antibiotics

Chair of the Royal College of GPs has commented on the NICE guidelines on resistance to antibiotics. Dr Maureen Baker said: “Antibiotics have served us well in treating infections for over 60 years, but as a society we have become too dependent on them and they are now seen as a 'catch all' for every illness and infection.

“GPs can come under enormous pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics so we welcome a team approach to ensuring that this is done appropriately and that they are used responsibly.

 “It is essential that GPs, their practice teams and pharmacists discuss the alternatives with patients who ask for antibiotics to treat minor illnesses, most of which will get better on their own over time.

“We need to do everything we can to prevent patients and the public building up a resistance, so that antibiotics remain effective in the future when they might really need them.

“We also desperately need research and investment to develop new antibiotics to tackle emerging diseases.”