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Lack of funding could undermine UK antibiotic resistance strategy, say experts

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7618
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Biology experts have raised several concerns about the government’s plans for how to deal with growing antimicrobial resistance.

Funding, prioritisation, surveillance, and early warning response plans, along with leadership, were all areas of concern raised during an evidence session held on 18 December of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into antimicrobial resistance.

MPs asked the witnesses whether they thought that the government’s antimicrobial resistance strategy,1 published in September, would be successful in slowing down growing resistance to antibiotics.

The strategy includes plans for better education and training in prescribing of antibiotics to reduce inappropriate use and treatment, better monitoring of bacteria, and more …

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