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Antibiotics resistance warning

The threat posed by antibiotic resistance should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the Government's chief medical officer for England has said.

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Doctors need to 'manage expectations' of patients

Dr Nick Brown, consultant microbiologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, has warned that doctors need to "manage the expectations" of patients to limit the prescription of antibiotics to necessary cases.

He said that the use of antibiotics "underpins all of medicine" and that some degree of resistance is inevitable, but that the rate could be slowed down.

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