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Striking the balance on antibiotics prescribing 'extremely challenging', says RCGP

 

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Striking the balance on antibiotics prescribing 'extremely challenging', says RCGP

Responding to two papers published in the BMJ on antibiotics prescribing, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs are in an incredibly difficult position when it comes to antibiotics prescribing. We are under huge pressure not to prescribe - and publicly vilified when we are deemed to do so too readily - yet, we know that in some cases antibiotics are a matter of life or death.

"Getting the balance right every time is extremely challenging. GPs in the UK are doing an excellent job of reducing antibiotics prescribing overall - but our priority will always be the patient in our consultation room, and we will prescribe based on the unique combination of factors potentially affecting that patient's health at that time.”