We GPs need to lift our game on antimicrobial prescribing

IT’S not hard to feel that GPs are under the pump, with rebate freezes and various reports suggesting we are using medical interventions too much or too little.

In this context, some will dismiss this latest antibiotic report as just another criticism, wishing the data had never been made public.

However, the quality of a profession can, at least in part, be judged by its response to criticism. And I reckon the best response to this report will be via our collective prescription pads.

We might rightly argue that our hospital colleagues are doing equally badly – a quarter of hospital antibiotics were judged to be inappropriate