Julian Granted Debate to Mark World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017
November 1, 2017
Yesterday, Julian made an application to the Backbench Business Committee for a debate to mark World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017.
The annual event will be running between 13 and 19th November and aims to make antimicrobial resistance a globally recognised health issue. World Antibiotics Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the power of antibiotics through appropriate use, and to increase the recognition that individuals, professionals and governments must all play a role in tackling antibiotic resistance.
Each year 50,000 deaths across Europe and North America are attributed to the inability to treat those who have developed resistance and by 2050 it is projected that 10 million people will die each year across the globe according to the O’Neil Review. To put this into perspective, the World Health Organisation’s figures show that cancer was responsible for 8.8 million deaths worldwide in 2015.
Julian was joined by his colleague, Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford and the pair made the case for holding a parliamentary debate during World Antibiotics Awareness Week to represent Britain’s commitment to tackling this global threat.
Speaking after hearing that his application had been successful, Julian said: “I am delighted that the Committee has seen the merits in this application and I am hoping that as many MPs as possible turnout to show their support. Too often people think of antibiotic resistance as a problem for future generations to tackle; this simply is not the case.
The debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Thursday 16th November. To find out more about World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017 please click here.