UK – Antimicrobial resistance « as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare »

The UK has launched a five-year action plan and 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance (AMR), prompting health secretary Matt Hancock to state that AMR is "as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare”.

The plans outline the UK’s contribution to containing and controlling AMR in health, animals, the environment and the food chain, and were developed in close collaboration with the devolved UK administrations.

Targets include cutting the number of drug-resistant infections by 10% (5,000 infections) by 2025, reducing the use of antibiotics in humans by 15%, and preventing at least 15,000 patients from contracting infections as a result of their healthcare each year by 2024.

“Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest and most dangerous threats to modern healthcare », according to Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs.