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Use of antibiotics falls for the first time

A report from Public Health England (PHE) says that for the first time fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by GPs and clinicians. A decline in the use of antibiotics has occurred across all healthcare settings, including in the community and hospitals. This is the first time a reduction has been seen in antibiotic use across the whole healthcare system.

Safely reducing the amount of antibiotics that are inappropriately prescribed is a vital part of the work to tackle antibiotic resistance. In 2015, 2.2 m fewer antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed in the community compared to 2014. This equates to 6% of all prescriptions. More....