Chief Medical Advisor for KPMG, Professor Hilary Thomas, has publicly declared her dedication to helping tackle the global increasing resistance to antibiotics.
Professor Thomas, along with Members of the Global Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) Network, have signed a pledge on antimicrobial resistance that urges companies to support the appropriate use of antibiotics, as resistance is on the rise. This action comes as Public Health England (PHE) launches a campaign to tackle the crisis.
Antimicrobial resistance – when bacteria no longer responds to the antibiotics designed to kill them – is one of the biggest threats to global health. It can lead to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased rates of mortality.
Around half of all antibiotics are prescribed for the wrong reason, which is speeding up resistance. The pledge, includes several achievable actions that can change everyday behaviour to make a real impact and better support the health and wellbeing of those around us.
In her role at KPMG, Professor Thomas’s clients include major global pharmaceutical companies and NHS hospitals. Professor Thomas commented: “The threat of antibiotic resistance is massive. It’s so important that I use my position to help influence the companies and organisations I work with on the appropriate use of antibiotics. Unlike most drugs, we do not want to use antibiotics except when absolutely essential and appropriate. Over-use risks a future where we no longer have treatments for life threatening infections returning to a situation akin to the pre-antibiotic era.”
The CMO Network is supported by Bupa. Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, Bupa’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “Modern medicine relies on antimicrobials – and antibiotics in particular. They treat life-threatening infections and are vital to many medical advances, from basic surgery, to heart transplants and chemotherapy. But, as bacteria develop resistance, antibiotics are starting to fail.
“Actions encouraged in the pledge include not requesting antibiotics when clinicians advise they are not needed, and not sharing or using leftover antibiotics. It also covers preventing infection through regularly washing hands, keeping vaccinations up to date and preparing food hygienically.”
Notes to editors:
Professor Hilary Thomas is an NHS oncologist by background.
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