'War cabinet' opens to tackle UK superbugs

Science minister Greg Clark has begun his role with a declaration of war against superbugs. Mr Clark said all seven UK research councils were joining forces to form a "war cabinet" to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Joint research will fight resistance 'on all fronts'

The new "war cabinet" strategy, led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) will aim to fight antimicrobial resistance "on all fronts," says the MRC chief executive.

Professor Sir John Savill, said:

Researchers have been waging a war on AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) for decades but up until now we've had no war cabinet to co-ordinate research on all fronts.

This is about tackling the problem at every level and in every environment - from labs to livestock, from finding new diagnostic tools to educating professionals and the public.

One hundred years ago 25% of all deaths were due to bacterial infection. We cannot return to those days.

– Professor Sir John Savill

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'War cabinet' opens to fight antibiotic resistance

A declaration of "war" against superbugs has been issued today, after new science minister Greg Clark announced that all seven UK research councils were joining forces to tackle antibiotic resistance.

Mr Clark, who replaced David Willetts in the cabinet reshuffle, said: "This will help to drive forward important advances in the fight against antimicrobial resistance."

A declaration of war against superbugs has been issued.
A declaration of war against superbugs has been issued by the government. Credit: PA

He said the announcement will bring together leading cross-industry experts against what is one of today's "greatest scientific problems."

The move follows Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to put Britain at the forefront of the fight against drug-immune bacteria threatening to send medicine "back to the dark ages".

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