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TWN Info Service on Health Issues (Oct18/02)
23 October 2018
Third World Network


England’s top medical officer wants deaths from drug resistance recorded

Dear friends and colleagues,

Dame Sally Davies has called for antibiotic-resistant infections to be recorded on death certificates to boost public awareness of the problem.

Addressing Members of Parliament on the Health and Social Care Select Committee, she was quoted in The Guardian as saying, ‘I would really love death certificates to collect when people die of infections and if resistance has been involved, because that would really wake people up to the deaths as they happen.’

She said England’s National Health Service (NHS) rarely tells families when a loved one has died of a resistant infection, as doing so would make it look like the NHS is failing patients.

Please see The Guardian 4 September, 2018 ‘Rise in antibiotic resistance must be tackled, says top medic’.


With best wishes,
Third World Network

 


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