Benenden health backs call for action on antibiotics ‘ticking time bomb'
11th March 2013
Benenden health today backed the call from the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, who is urging the government to raise the issue of an antibiotics ‘ticking time-bomb’ during next month's G8 Summit in London.
In response and to support the debate, benenden health, the not-for-profit healthcare provider has reproduced an article from its members’ magazine, benhealth.
Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at benenden health said:
‘We highlighted the ticking time bomb nature of antibiotics to our members in April 2012 in a “Big Debate” feature.
‘Today’s news from Professor Dame Sally Davies confirms what benenden health’s Big Debate participants discussed– that while antibiotics may be a marvel of modern medicine, do we actually rely on them too much?
‘We hope that the Government takes on board these important views and looks to find ways to counter the danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics.’
The benhealth feature brought together the varying views of experts in Dr Lesley Hall, senior archivist at the Wellcome Library, Theresa Peel, Director of Infection, Prevention and Control at Benenden Hospital and Dr John Conly, Professor at the Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance at the University of Calgary.
Dr Lesley Hall explained that, ‘as early as the 1940s, specialists in treating venereal disease were reporting the survival of bacteria that had been exposed to antibiotics, so resistance has existed for almost as long as they’ve been used.’
Theresa Peel stated how, ‘antibiotics remain important, but we do need to be selective and use them correctly, both in hospital and out in the community. Very few new groups of antibiotics have been developed in recent years and we’re now in a situation where there are limited treatment options for some bacteria that are highly resilient.’
Dr John Conly confirmed that, ‘resistance to antibiotics is a consequence of their overuse combined with the development of resistance over time.’
View the benhealth article