Bishop of Exeter asks about deaths attributed to antibiotic-resistant infections

The Bishop of Exeter received the following written answer on 23rd February 2023:

The Lord Bishop of Exeter asked His Majesty’s Government how many deaths were attributed to antimicrobial resistance in England in (1) 2017, (2) 2018, (3) 2019, (4) 2020, and (5) 2021.

Lord Markham (Con): The UK Health Security Agency runs national surveillance programmes to collect and analyse data on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Data is reported in the annual English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance report.

The table below shows the estimated number of deaths attributable to severe antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

YearDeaths attributable to AMR

Note: Data for 2017 may use different inclusion criteria from data for 2018 onwards, which is influenced by reporting against the current United Kingdom AMR national action plan, and so may not be directly comparable.


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