Antimicrobial resistance poses 'catastrophic threat'

Help

Urgent action is needed to tackle the "catastrophic threat" of antimicrobial resistance according to England's chief medical officer.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said in the worst case scenario patients could die from infections picked up during minor surgery.

She said diseases were constantly emerging or becoming drug-resistant, but there was a "discovery void" in the development of medicines.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.