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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05326: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action the NHS is taking to tackle the reported rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 December 2016

Tackling and reducing antimicrobial resistance remains a key priority for NHS Boards in Scotland.

NHS Boards are working with the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group and National Services Scotland to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics and ensure that antibiotic use follows national and local evidence-based polices to combat the emergence of resistant organisms.

NHS Boards are required to implement surveillance of antimicrobial use as described by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group Local Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use guidance for both Primary and Secondary Care. In addition, NHS Boards are required to adopt and implement mandatory healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance policy requirements as set out in the recent Scottish Government Director’s Letter (2015) 19 issued to all Chief Executives and distributed to the infection prevention and control disciplines within NHS Boards. The Scottish Government also funds Antimicrobial Team Pharmacists within NHS Boards who play a key role ensuring prudent prescribing and active stewardship of antibiotics.

The Controlling Antimicrobial Resistance in Scotland (CARS) expert group, chaired by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer continues to oversee Scotland's antimicrobial resistance strategy and supports delivery of the UK 5 Year AMR Strategy.