Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic

Prof Dame Sally Davies says action is needed around the world to tackle ‘hidden’ problem that is already claiming lives

England’s chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” as she urged world leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Prof Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it would spell “the end of modern medicine”. Without the drugs used to fight infections, common medical interventions such as caesarean sections, cancer treatments and hip replacements would become incredibly risky and transplant medicine would be a thing of the past, she said.

Related: If the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’ happens, it’ll be because our politicians let it | Nick Dearden

England’s chief medical officer has renewed her warning about what she’s described as a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” #r4today pic.twitter.com/3EAUvmOTAv

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