Britain is reaching ‘a tipping point in its use of antibiotics’, says Wellcome Trust director

an image of the union flagProfessor Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said Britain is reaching a tipping point in its use of antibiotics beyond which people will start dying of everyday infections.

Britain is reaching a tipping point in its use of antibiotics beyond which people will start dying of everyday infections which are becoming untreatable, the director of Britain’s largest medical research charity has warned.

Professor Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said strains of infections such as TB have emerged which are resistant to antibiotics.

He warned that Britain would soon see increasing numbers of patients failing treatment, developing complications and dying because there are no longer drugs that can cure them.

“This [the use of antibiotics] is getting to a tipping point where you and your families will start to see this not in infections many many miles away but here in London,” he told the Today programme.

“What we will see is people increasingly failing treatment, increasingly spending longer in hospital, patients getting sicker and having complications and dying.

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