Health Secretary warns of antibiotic consumption

Photo courtesy of Sheep purple/Flickr

Photo courtesy of Sheep purple/Flickr

Scotland’s Health Secretary, Shona Robinson has called for action in the fight to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Ms Robinson has claimed that over consumption of antibiotics is one of the biggest threats to public health in this generation.

Speaking ahead of today’s visit to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde new state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory, Ms Robinson marked European Antibiotic Awareness Day. She stated that antibiotic resistance is both a national and international issue that must be tackled.

“Antibiotic resistance is a very real and very present threat that we are determined to tackle. Inaction could mean the loss of effective antibiotics which could undermine our ability to fight infectious diseases.

“We must act now to reduce the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics and we all have our part to play in that – whether as a patient or as a medical professional.

“Action is also needed at a local, national and global level to firstly improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, secondly conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments and thirdly stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and therapies.”

Antibiotic prescribing in Scotland has seen recent reductions however, in the last year 4 million prescriptions were given out. In 2014, there was a 1.9 per cent fall in the number of antibiotics presribed.


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