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Hospitals are not ‘doing their bit’ to reduce need to use antibiotics

The Patients Association has called for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG s) to implement NICE's 2015 Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) guidelines aimed at minimising the risk of antibiotic resistance (AMR) – a huge global health threat and one of the most significant threats to patients' safety in the UK.

This comes after the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from 144 CCGs in England by The Patients Association, reveal that:

  • 88% haven’t fully implemented NICE’s AMS guidelines as standard
  • 31% don’t have a ‘named’ individual responsible for the implementation of AMS programme
  • 10% don’t have a local AMS programme in place at all
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Patients Association:  Patient safety compromised as 88% of CCGs not fully implementing antimicrobial guidelines

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