UK launches new 5-year national plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

The UK government on Thursday (8 May) launched a new plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a global issue that makes infections difficult or
impossible to treat.

This is the second phase of a series of 5-year national action plans, aimed at supporting the government’s 20-year vision to contain and control AMR by 2040.

With the launch of this new national action plan, the UK commits to reducing its use of antimicrobials – such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals – in
humans and animals.

Additionally, it aims to strengthen surveillance of drug-resistant infections before they emerge and incentivise industry to develop the next generation of treatments.

There are also plans to expand initiatives such as the world-first ‘subscription model’ for antimicrobials, launched in 2019 as a pilot.