Patients not happy when GPs cut antibiotics

GP SURGERIES that prescribe fewer antibiotics to curb super-resistant bacteria are likely to experience a drop in patient satisfaction.

A study by King’s College London has found that a 25% lower rate of antibiotic prescribing by a GP practice corresponds to a 5–6 point reduction in GP satisfaction rankings.

Published in the British Journal of General Practice, the study analyses records from 7800 general practices – 96% of practices in England – and the NHS GP Patient Survey.

The survey measures patients’ satisfaction with their GP and GP