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Wednesday 26th October 2016

£1.25m funding for Scotland

19th March 2008

An action plan is being introduced across Scotland to step up the drive to reduce antibiotic resistance.


Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon wants Scotland to move to the forefront of UK and Europe in the fight against antibiotic resistant hospital infections.

Under the £1.25m initiative, funding will be used to promote cautious prescribing due to improved diagnosis of illnesses and education of NHS staff and there will also be a surveillance programme that will provide information on organisms which are resistant to antibiotics such as MRSA.

In addition, the plan will enable early identification of serious emerging resistance to antibiotics within hospitals and community.

NHS health boards will also receive funding to provide them with state of the art testing equipment for better and faster monitoring of bugs’ resistance to antibiotics.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Resistance to antibiotics is recognised internationally as a major threat to public health and patient’s safety and this growing problem is something the Scottish Government takes very seriously.

“It is vital that the information we have on antibiotic resistance is as robust as possible and that’s why I’m delighted to announce £1.25 million for NHS boards to provide modern equipment to provide better monitoring. This will place us at the forefront within the UK and across much of Europe in terms of surveillance and I’m pleased to see evidence today of the positive impact this equipment is having.?

She said that one of the most important things that can be done in the fight against hospital superbugs is to stamp out unnecessary use of antibiotics.

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