The news this last week included yet another attack on GPs. The threat of sanctions has alarmed a profession which is already over-managed and having recruitment problems. Lets blame the GPs – again… One of the largest threats comes from TB where world migration and poverty are the big issues. Georgetown University in 2010 published “Antibiotic Resistance: Conquering the Killer Within”. There are graphics showing Russia as one of the worst areas….
Another is antibiotics in meat sold at the counter.
There is no doubt that resistance is increasing
but is it due to GPs in the UK?
and the relative use of antibiotics in humans as opposed to meat /animals and other areas is minimal as shown from US figures.
Antibiotics consumed per say in the world:
Antibiotic resistant MRSA in the Eurozone is highest in the West:
Use in animals is top of an inverted pyramid of increasing risk:
Resistance to Penicillin V, one of the most useful is highest in those Southern European countries (Greece, Portugal, Spain) that allow Over The Counter (OTC) purchase of antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance is an international problem and should not be addressed by country or by practice/doctor sanctions.
BMA holds emergency talks with NICE over antibiotics sanctions threat (Nick Bostock in GP Magasine)