Sally Davies said in remarks prepared for delivery told the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, this week that without urgent action British healthcare will return to 19th-century levels, with common operations proving potentially lethal as germs become resistant to antibiotics.
Britain will be publishing a five-year, cross-government strategy this summer to address the issue, The Daily Telegraph reported.
However, Davies said one country cannot tackle this issue alone and a partnership to push a global political agenda to avert this "catastrophic threat" of superbugs, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.
The five-year plan to address antibiotic resistance is expected to include promoting "responsible prescribing," improving infection prevention and developing alternative drugs.
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