Health risks over the resistance to antibiotics could take us back to the early nineteenth century, the Government's Chief Medical Officer has warned.
She added that infections, which we today see as routine and treatable, could once again become a serious threat.
Speaking to Daybreak, Dame Sally Davies said: "Now is the time to do something about it."
She added that the situation has been getting worse over the last ten years, and that companies are no longer producing, new forms of antibiotics.
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