£32m boost for antibiotic bug research
The NHS is to get an extra £32million to tackle antibiotic-resistant infections.
The money will be spent on research and hospital hubs which collect realtime data on new threats.
Overuse of antibiotics means hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA and C.difficile are becoming more difficult to treat.
Bacteria causing gonorrhoea and pneumonia are also becoming resistant.
Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies, who is overseeing the scheme, said it was a “complex challenge”.
Public Health England’s Dr Susan Hopkins added: “We’ll be able to take steps to preserve antibiotics for when we really need them.”