Maggie Throup used her first adjournment debate in the House of Commons to raise the awareness of C-Reactive Protein point-of-care testing, and how it can be used to reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed by GPs.
During the debate on the use of antibiotics in primary care, Mrs Throup spoke passionately about the benefits of point-of-care testing, and warned about the consequences of failing to reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed.
She said: “I was delighted to secure this important debate on an issue close to my heart.
“C-Reactive Protein point-of-care testing, which is administered in a similar way to a blood sugar test, is a quick and easy way of GPs determining where or not antibiotics are the right course of treatment for a patient.
“The fact is that we need to drastically cut the number of antibiotics being prescribed, as common infections are becoming increasingly resistant to them.
“By introducing CRP testing as standard practice for GPs who are considering whether it is necessary to prescribe an antibiotic, we can improve both patient care and save our NHS money.
“Erewash CCG is also working hard to empower patients to take responsibility for their own health, which should help to reduce the use of antibiotics further.”
Research by Antibiotic Research UK found that doctors prescribed 59 per cent more antibiotics in December than in August.