Last week, the government published a 20-year vision and 5-year national action plan for how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by 2040. In addition to introducing ambitious targets for reducing drug-resistant infections and antibiotic use in general, the plan commits to developing new technology to gather real-time patient data to help clinicians understand when to use and preserve antibiotics. If successful, this technology could be used internationally to combat AMR. NICE and NHS England are also going to explore a new payment model for antibiotics based on how valuable their medicines are to the NHS, rather than on the quantity of antibiotics sold.

AMRC has previously published a Spotlight report on Drug-Resistant Infection highlighting the scale of the issue and providing case studies of our member charities’ work in the area.

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