Antimicrobial resistance: a real threat to the future of healthcare

Dr mike durkin | November 18, 2015

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On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England Director of Patient Safety, writes about the threat of antimicrobial resistance and what needs to be done to respond to this threat to the future of global healthcare. Each year, 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an annual European-wide initiative to raise awareness of how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will help keep them effective into the future.

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