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Antibiotics 'losing effectiveness'

Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible, similar to global warming, experts have warned.

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Antibiotic resistance 'a complex global public health issue'

Antibiotic resistance is a complex global health issue, experts have warned Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

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.

The Department of Health have published new guidance on the use of antibiotics in hospitals ahead of European Antibiotics Awareness Day on Sunday.

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