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New breed of superbugs which are resistant to antibiotics could kill 80,000 Britons in one outbreak as scientists warn even catching flu could have ‘serious’ impact

A new generation of superbugs resistant to antibiotics could kill up to 80,000 Britons in a single outbreak, government research predicts.

In the next 20 years, surgery could become too risky because of an increased risk of infection, while catching flu could have a ‘serious’ impact on individuals. Figures issued by the Cabinet Office warn that previously effective drugs will become useless in the face of resistant bugs, causing a surge in the number of sufferers of illnesses such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

For the first time the annual National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies, which assesses the challenges posed by terrorism, natural disasters, disease and industrial strife, has included the dangers of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report says: ‘Without effective antibiotics, even minor surgery and routine operations could become high-risk procedures, leading to increased duration of illness and ultimately premature mortality. ‘Much of modern medicine, for example organ transplantation, bowel surgery and some cancer treatments, may become unsafe due to the risk of infection. ‘In addition, influenza pandemics would become more serious without effective treatments.

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GPs should check on colleagues who dole out too many antibiotics, NHS watchdogs say

Family doctors should question colleagues who dole out too many antibiotics, NHS watchdogs have said, after research found 97 per cent of patients who ask for the drugs receive them.  The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has issued draft guidance to clamp down on prescribing of such medication, amid concern that rising resistance to antibiotics is becoming a “catastrophic threat” to the nation’s health. Medical experts say the over-use of antibiotics in the Western world is fuelling infections which resist treatment, and could mean an extra 10 million deaths a year, unless practices change.

The new proposals says GPs should step in if they believe their colleagues are giving antibiotics out too often – and should resist pressure from patients who insist they need the medication. Health officials said NHS professionals needed to question each other, and that patients should be given a proper explanation, when antibiotics are not suitable.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11418136/GPs-should-check-on-colleagues-who-dole-out-too-many-antibiotics-NHS-watchdogs-say.html

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