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The war on superbugs is putting elderly people at risk of dying with sepsis, experts have warned.
GPs are under intense pressure to reduce the number of antibiotics they give out, in a bid to stop infections becoming resistant to treatment.
NHS - Health - Boards - Payments - Prescription
The NHS offers local health boards additional payments if they bring down their prescription rates, and doctors are in turn pressured to give drugs to fewer patients.
GPs have been repeatedly told they risk creating a 'public health catastrophe' by doling out too many drugs - and at one point in 2015 they were even warned they could be struck off for overprescribing.
Study - Medical - Journal - Pressure - People
A study published in the British Medical Journal suggests this pressure may be putting vulnerable people at risk.
It reveals elderly people are regularly being denied antibiotics for infections, raising their chance of sepsis eight-fold and doubling their risk of death.
Study - Acknowledgment - Date - Campaign - Overuse
The study contains the biggest acknowledgment to date that the campaign against overuse of antibiotics may be having disastrous unintended consequences.
The Royal College of GPs welcomed the study, warning that family doctors are being put in an impossible position.
GPs - 'publicly - Vilified - Drugs - Drugs
It said GPs are 'publicly vilified' for too-readily giving out drugs, but know that witholding the drugs can be a 'matter of life and death'.
The new study, led by experts at Imperial College London, assessed the medical records of 157,000 English pensioners diagnosed between 2007 and 2015 with urinary tract infections (UTIs) - one of the most common reasons for antibiotics to be prescribed.
Academics - People - Cent - Antibiotics
The academics found 22,500 people - about 7 per cent of the total - were not given antibiotics at all.
And another 19,300 - some 6 per cent - had to go back to their GP a second time before they received a prescription, with a delay of seven days.
Antibiotics - Risk
Those who were not given antibiotics were at an eight-fold increased risk...
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