– The Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies
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.
Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible, similar to global warming, experts have warned.