Have regulators done enough to deal with high death rates in some NHS hospitals?
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England's Chief Medical Officer says superbugs which can't be treated by antibiotics are as big a threat as terrorism. Allan Urry asks if the NHS is able to cope.
Views from the frontline
File on 4 contacted the British Infection Association which asked its members how many patients they had seen with antibiotic-resistant infections in the last 12 months.
90 of its members – who include infectious disease doctors and microbiologists - replied.
On average, they said they saw six patients with resistance to all antibiotics and around ninety with multi-resistant strains.
Here are some of the thoughts of those who replied:
- "Routine chemotherapy and surgery will be riskier in 10 years due to risk of multi drug resistant gram negative bacteria. This is undeniable in my opinion."
- "I have seen patients on transplant lists found to have bacteria with confirmed resistance to ALL antibiotics. What do we do with them?"
- "I have noticed increased mortality among patients coming into hospital with sepsis due to rising antibiotic resistance."
- "There are not enough resources in terms of infection pharmacists and isolation facilities to cope…. the underfunded Infection services are fighting a losing battle."
- "I would equate this pandemic to the "plague of the 21st century as in the pre-antibiotic era!"
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