1:01 am, Mon 11 Mar 2013 Antibiotics resistance warning
Report calls for better protection of antibiotics stock
Dame Sally Davies has said the threat of antibiotic resistance is "as important as climate change for the world."
Government's Chief Medical Officer is urging the
Government to raise the issue at the G8 summit in London next month.
Threat of antibiotic resistance is "as important as climate change for the world"
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In a recent report she referred to the situation as a "catastrophic threat", and called for better protection of our current stock of antibiotics.
Dame Sally said we needed better incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs and asked ministers to ensure the issue is placed on the register.
12:09 am, Mon 11 Mar 2013 Antibiotics resistance warning
Antibiotic resistance now 'ticking timebomb' in UK
Professor Dame Sally Davies warns against underestimating the threat of antibiotic resistance.
The threat posed by antibiotic resistance should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the Government's Chief Medical Officer said.
The problem is a "ticking time-bomb" and should be put on the Government's National Risk Register - which also includes "catastrophic terrorist attacks" and other civil emergencies, Professor Dame Sally Davies said.
Routine operations such as hip replacements could become deadly in just 20 years time if we lose the ability to fight infection, she said.
8:40 am, Fri 16 Nov 2012 Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'
UK must 'develop new antibiotics'
Dr Paul Cosford, acting Chief Executive of Health Protection Agency, has told Daybreak that the UK must develop new antibiotics.
He said: "When a bug becomes resistent to an antibiotic, we need to use new antibiotics and there aren't that many antibiotics in the pipeline."
6:40 am, Fri 16 Nov 2012 Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'
Antibiotics resistance 'is a frightening prospect'
Daybreak's Health Editor, Dr Hilary Jones, has told viewers that the World Health Organisation have said for some years that antibiotics resistance is "amongst the top three threats to man kind in the near future."
6:26 am, Fri 16 Nov 2012 Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'
Antibiotics resistance 'a big risk to modern health'
Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible, similar to global warming, experts have warned. Daybreak's Nick Dixon reports:
3:09 am, Fri 16 Nov 2012 Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'
Antibiotic resistance 'one of the greatest threats to modern health'
Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible - similar to global warming.
I urge patients and prescribers to think about the drugs they are requesting and dispensing.
Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work.
And the more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it.
– The Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies
2:46 am, Fri 16 Nov 2012 Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'
Antibiotic resistance 'a complex global public health issue'
is a complex global public health issue, the Department Of Health have warned.
Antibiotic resistance is a complex global health issue, experts have warned
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Mis-use of antibiotics is causing bacteria to become resistant - the Department Of Health have said.
Some antibiotics aren’t as effective as they used to be because the bacteria they are designed to tackle have become resistant to them.
These important medicines need to be used wisely to maximise the NHS’s ability to treat infections in the future.
The increase in antibiotic resistance is a major concern that needs action at a global level, experts are warning.
Department of Health have published new guidance on the use of antibiotics in hospitals ahead of European Antibiotics Awareness Day on Sunday.