Roundtable hears – be better prepared for pandemics

Peter Gibson ANTRUK announcements, Coronavirus COVID-19

Rt Hon Kevin Hollinrake MP

A Parliamentary discussion heard how we need to be better set-up for the next pandemic – whether it be viral, bacterial, or fungal.

Our Chief Executive Professor Colin Garner joined Dr Ron Daniels BEM (Executive Director, The UK Sepsis Trust) at the virtual event, as they told decision-makers that collaboration between medical charities to produce a cohesive policy document was paramount to beating future infections.

Also vital, was:

o The drawing-up of a national serious infection and antibiotic resistance registry (on death certificates for example) that includes clinical and patient level data

o The creation of a UK Antibiotic Research Fund for pre-competitive basic science research in areas of infection and sepsis

o The founding of a new UK antibiotic research fund and crucially,

o Rapid, effective diagnostic equipment to test whether patients have a bacterial or viral infection

Organised by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer UK, the “Tackling Future Infection Threats” event boasted an impressive array of speakers that included Lord Grade (peer and sepsis campaigner) and Kevin Hollinrake (MP).

Mr Hollinrake, who represents Thirsk and Malton, revealed how he had been made aware of antibiotic resistance because his constituency is home to the only charity in the world solely dedicated to fighting the issue – Antibiotic Research UK!

He also told delegates that he had signed a communication to government, composed by his colleague Julian Sturdy MP, calling for a minister with responsibility for AMR to be appointed.