Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics are important medicines that help fight infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance – when an antibiotic is no longer effective – is one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Europe. Antibiotic resistance is driven by the over-use of antibiotics and inappropriate prescribing, so it important that we all use antibiotics in the right way.

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European Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance welcomed

The European Commission has announced a 12-point Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. The Department welcomes this five-year action plan and will be reviewing and updating its strategy for antimicrobial resistance, … Read more → – European Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance welcomed

Hospitals urged to think hard before using antibiotics

Caption reads: If you have a cough, cold, flu or sore throat, don't ask for antibiotics. This is a video still showing a duck heading in the direction of a signpost that says 'quack'

Doctors and nurses are being asked to think twice before they prescribe antibiotics in a bid to prevent patients from being given them too much and developing resistance to these … Read more → – Hospitals urged to think hard before using antibiotics

European Strategic Action Plan on antibiotic resistance published

The UK government, along with other European Union member states, has agreed this new World Health Organization (WHO) initiative on antibiotic resistance in recognition that ‘together we will have greater … Read more → – European Strategic Action Plan on antibiotic resistance published

European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18 November 2011

Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmacist, and Professor Mike Sharland and Dr Cliodna McNulty, from the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections, have written to the Chief Executives … Read more → – European Antibiotic Awareness Day – 18 November 2011

Support European Antibiotic Awareness Day

European antibiotic awareness day

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patient safety in England, Europe and worldwide. The number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is growing. Every year, European … Read more → – Support European Antibiotic Awareness Day

Path of least resistance

Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, has taken part in a discussion on BBC Radio 4, about people’s resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria will evolve and those that resist antibiotics will survive. Other issues … Read more → – Path of least resistance