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BACKGROUND: The Danger of Antobiotics Resistance

Commentary, 11 March 2013
Resilience
In her second annual report, the UK's Chief Medical officer has warned that the danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation.

Antimicrobial Resistance

In her second annual report, the UK's Chief Medical officer has warned that the danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation.

The publication today of the Chief Medical Officer's second annual report, focusing on the increasing problem of Antimicrobial Resistance, reiterates the importance of considering Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in terms of the security and resilience threat it poses. RUSI has long recognised this, and fully supports the Chief Medical Officer's call for AMR to be included in the National Risk Register.

Background analysis and material

Analysis: Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare resilience: a game changer for the 21st century?

The emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms is a concern for more than just the medical industry. It is forcing governments into greater collaboration, influencing immigration policy in the UK and is changing the way we think about domestic resilience.

Lecture: UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and Action Plan

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, delivered the keynote address at the RUSI/STFC Workshop: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Identifying Future Research Themes, held on 6 February 2013.

Lecture notes: Antimicrobial Resistance: A Growing Concern for Healthcare Security and Resilience

Professor Neil Woodford BSc PhD FRCPath
Head, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections Reference Unit Health Protection Agency

 

More information, contact Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience and Emergency Management

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Jennifer Cole
Associate Fellow

Dr Jennifer Cole is an Associate Fellow at RUSI. She was previously Senior Research Fellow, Resilience and Emergency Management from... read more

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