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Primary Health Care: Diagnosis

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 9165, tabled on 25 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the 2016 Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, which recommended that all antibiotic prescribing should be informed by rapid diagnostics, what steps he is taking to help ensure that primary care settings are equipped with point-of-care multiplex testing technology.

Answered on

7 June 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement have established a workstream following the United Kingdom’s antimicrobial resistance nation action plan. The workstream is examining how the adoption of innovations in diagnostics can be accelerated and the application of point-of-care testing to ensure optimal prescribing of antimicrobials in clinical settings.