£32m boost for an­tibi­otic bug re­search

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Kate Garraway -

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.”

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