Patients must be warned of antibiotic crisis

Doctors can combat unnecessary antibiotic requests by explaining the “catastrophic” implications of antibiotic resistance, according to a new national campaign.

Announced today, the five-year strategy from the NPS aims to stave off the looming antibiotic crisis, starting by improving communication with patients.

It will include a series of “educational visits” to health professionals, focusing on prescribing guidelines for respiratory tract infections. These will be free of charge and arranged at GPs’ convenience,