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Chief medical officer speaks out on antimicrobial resistance, drugs, and homeopathy

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 24 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f537
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A cross government strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance will be launched in the spring, aimed at targeting the problem of the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics in the United Kingdom and beyond, England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies, has told MPs.

Davies was giving evidence to parliament’s Science and Technology Committee on 23 January as part of a one-off evidence session on the work of the chief medical officer. Her forthcoming annual report, due in the spring, would have a strong focus on the issue of increasing antimicrobial resistance, she said.

“The apocalyptic scenario is that when I need a new hip in 20 years I’ll die of a routine infection because we’ve run out of antibiotics,” Davies said. “For gonorrhoea, for example, there is only one useful antibiotic now, but cases of gonorrhoea in younger …

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