Worst-performing GP surgeries hand out twice as many drugs for coughs and colds, finds Public Health England and UCL
More must be done to curb unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics, experts said after a study published on Tuesday found that the number of patients given the drugs for minor ailments has soared in recent years.
Researchers found that, in 2011, 51% of patients were given antibiotics for coughs and colds, up from 36% in 1999.
This is despite the government issuing guidance in 1998 warning GPs not to prescribe antibiotics for "simple" coughs and colds.
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