Ninety per cent of GPs feel "pressured" to prescribe antibiotics, a survey has revealed.
The Longitude Prize survey, which questioned more than 1,000 doctors in the UK, also found 28 per cent had prescribed antibiotics several times a week even if they were unsure it was medically necessary.
And 45 per cent of GPs said they had done so even though they knew it would not alleviate the patient's condition.
The findings come after Public Health England experts revealed earlier this month that the number of patients given antibiotics for minor ailments has soared in recent years.
More top news
Rules could be changed to remove support for failed asylum seekers living in Britain with their families, a Home Office minister has said.
More than 50 dog surfers of all breeds and sizes joined an annual dog surfing competition in California
A painting by artist LS Lowry is to go on show to the public for the first time.