May 25, 2016 | Amy, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

I find the idea of a future where antibiotics don't work any more really worrying.

GPs are being given money to reduce the number of antibiotics they prescribe. Antibiotics only work on bacteria. So prescribing them when you're not certain a patient has a bacterial infection can contribute to bacteria becoming immune to antibiotics.

GPs have smashed their targets and gave out 2.6 million fewer doses in the last year, compared with 2014-15.

Antibiotic resistance is a global problem. This is only a small step, but it's a really positive start.


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Without action, by 2050 there could be 10 million deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, compared with 700,000 now.


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