The Department of Health has published a five year strategy that aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
This document is jointly owned by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and has included collaboration from a wide range of government departments such as public health agencies, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Ministry of Defence and of course the NHS.
It acknowledges that antibiotic resistance cannot be eradicated but it can be managed to limit the threat to, and minimise the impact on, human and animal health. Seven key areas are identified for future action:
- Improving infection prevention and control practices
- Optimising prescribing practice
- Improving professional education, training and public engagement
- Developing new drugs, treatments and diagnostics
- Better access to and use of surveillance data
- Better identification and prioritisation of AMR research needs
- Strengthened international collaboration
Action: Clinicians should be aware of this new strategy. National and local schemes are likely to be implemented in the future in order to deliver the aims laid out in this document.