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Plans to tackle antibiotic resistance 'too slow'

7th July 2014

A recent report has highlighted the need for greater action on tackling antibiotic resistance.

During a nine-month analysis, the government's science and technology committee looked at more than 70 submissions of written evidence. They came to the conclusion that antibiotics are being used unnecessarily by some doctors and nurses to help patients.

The wide-ranging inquiry recommended a number of strategies to revamp the current process. This includes better education for medical students and developing cheaper tests.

MP's acknowledged the review but felt it was only highlighting the problem rather than dealing with it and felt immediate action was needed.

Prof Nigel Brown, president of the Society for General Microbiology, said that it should be the "right solution, not just a quick one".

A government spokesperson said: "This is an incredibly important issue which is why last week the Prime Minister announced an urgent review to stimulate the development of new antibiotics and why we are supporting GPs to prescribe more effectively."

"Conserving antibiotics is everybody's responsibility so they can be used properly when they are really needed. We will respond to the report in due course."

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