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Deprived areas prescribe more antibiotics

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After warnings this year by Chief Medical Officer for England Dame Sally Davies that antibiotics resistance is not fully understood, new research has revealed that deprived areas of the UK tend to prescribe more antibiotics than average.

Antibiotic Research UK with Exasol and Bright Bee have analysed the variability in antibiotic prescriptions all over the country.

They found that Clacton-on-Sea, the UK’s most deprived area, prescribed almost twice the national average of antibiotics. Coastal towns in Essex, Norfolk and Essex are prescribing the most anbiotics.

Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Essex are prescribing the most antibiotics in the country, with Clacton-on-Sea, the UK’s most deprived area, almost twice the national average.

However, Londoners are at the other end of the spectrum, prescribing 21% less anbiotics than those in the North of England.

Professor Colin Garner, chief executive of Antibiotic Research UK, explains that Londoners have the best access to healthcare and “are also on average younger and healthier than the rest of the country.

“However, we would not expect to see such a large variation in prescriptions around the country. If we look at the detailed heat map it shows hotspots of antibiotic prescription, more generally around areas of deprivation.”


The research was designed to co-incide with the European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Antibiotic Research UK has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance called The Great British Tea Party. Visit the website to find out more.

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