Doctors blamed for antibiotic tragedy

Canada and Australia Join 12th Doctor Simulcast!

Source: AAP DOCTORS around the world have breached their duty of care by misusing antibiotics, says an Australian infectious diseases expert. The way in which bugs have become resistant to antibiotics within two generations of their discovery is one of the great tragedies of human history, says Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, an infectious diseases physician and a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. “My view is yes doctors are to blame,” he has told colleagues at a Gold Coast conference hosted by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID). “The people of the world want to hold someone accountable. Using the approach of a medical litigation claim, it can be shown that the current crisis was largely foreseeable, that doctors had a duty of care to preserve the precious resource of effective antimicrobials and that they breached this duty of care,” says Dr Hajkowicz. He points to evidence from studies showing up to half of all antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate. At the same time attempts to improve standards are failing. He says national guidelines enforced by law are necessary to bring public and private doctors into line. “Additionally, doctors must promote the development of novel antimicrobials and then use these responsibly. Perhaps a new generation of doctors will undo what we have so foolishly done.” Another delegate, Joshua Freeman of the Auckland District Health Board, says international air travel is providing an unprecedented opportunity for the transfer of drug-resistant bugs. “Travel to high-prevalence countries and, in particular, hospitalisation within those countries should be viewed as an important risk factor.

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Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor is broadcast tonight in the UK at 7pm on BBC One, and a few hours earlier in the USA on BBC America and now we know that Australian viewers on ABC1 and Canadian viewers with SPACE will also be joining in the fun! Check your local EPG and listings for full details as this will of course change depending on your timezone. However, Australian viewers should be aware that an early start or late finish might be required In addition the BBC has confirmed that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison and a host of guests will also appear on the show, with Matt Smith and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker also making appearances. Joining Davison will be Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) while former companions including Anneke Wills (Polly), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Janet Fielding (Tegan) and Bonnie Langford (Mel) will also be appearing in video clips. Meanwhile writer and actor Mark Gatiss is also making an appearance in video form. Celebrity fans will also be in the studio. These include Rufus Hound, Liza Tarbuck and young Daniel Roche from Outnumbered. Look out also for video segments from Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Strictly Come Dancings Bruno Tonioli and Professor Brian Cox. And remember, after all that lot, that things can only get better. Note: although simulcast, there is every chance that conversations via Twitter, Skype or Facebook Messenger (or whatever messaging software you use) will be transmitted far quicker than Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. You only have to compare the differences between two TVs running the same show through different means (terrestrial, satellite and cable) to see that there may be discrepancies. So if youre online while the show is broadcast, chat with care!

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