Duncan Selbie's Friday message: 19 September 2014

Weekly message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.



I want to begin with a reflection on our second annual conference, held over 2 days this week at Warwick University, by recognising and thanking the tremendous number of excellent contributors from within the UK and around the world, and of course the 1,400-plus people who joined us.

On Tuesday, we launched Antibiotic Guardian, a pledge campaign also supported by NHS England and the Chief Medical Officer. It is critical that we act to prevent the overuse and misuse of antibiotics which is resulting in many bacteria becoming resistant to these vital medicines and unless we take greater care, our current antibiotics could soon be useless.

This week we also published our Global Health Strategy which sets out our priorities for the next 5 years in responding to humanitarian disasters and in public health capacity building.