Powerful BBC1 Panorama ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ broadcast 18 May 2015

Colin Garner Uncategorised

BBC1’s Panorama programme entitled ‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ broadcast this evening was a powerful statement about antibiotic resistance and why we need to do something about it now. The BBC’s medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh investigated this potential medical catastrophe and talked to some of the key players including Prime Minister David Cameron, the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, an Antibiotic Research UK Trustee, Professor Laura Piddock and the ex-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill who leads the Antimicrobial Review. All agreed that if we didn’t tackle antibiotic resistance now then modern medicine would go back to a pre-antibiotic era. One solution to the antibiotic discovery void that was not discussed was the role of the charity sector who are unencumbered by the profit motive.  Antibiotic Research UK is leading the way in this regard. Dame Sally’s final words at the end of the programme made for sombre viewing ‘we will be betraying our grandchildren. They will die’. Help us develop new antibiotics by donating. See the programme on BBC iPlayer