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GPs checked on prescribing antibiotics

17th December 2008

The new health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission is to focus on GPs’ use of antibiotics and inspections of their infection control procedures.

The CQC, which has sparked controversy after saying it would make it mandatory to follow NICE guidance, has stated its aim to launch a major assault against rates of resistant infection in the community. GP practices identified as posing a risk will face targeted assessments of their systems for infection control and prevention, and the use of antibiotics will be part of increased scrutiny on prescribing practices.

 

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