[Ed. – The UK Sepsis Trust argues that deaths attributable to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are undercounted. Their concern is worth investigating.]
The Department of Health estimates that 7,000 people die each year due to drug resistance, but Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, claims the true figure is around 12,000.
The number of deaths is rising each year as more bugs that lead to blood poisoning are becoming resistant to antibiotics.
But the full extent of the problem is obscured because the Government statistics are calculated using “ballpark” figures from foreign studies, not those conducted in the UK.
Antimicrobial resistance is considered to be one of the world’s most serious and growing long-term threats to health, which it has been warned could eventually lead to everyday cuts and infections becoming fatal.
Yet superbugs are rarely listed on death certificates.
The UK Sepsis Trust is calling for an official register of superbug deaths in order that the rising count is reflected in Government policy.