Over the last few decades, development of new antibiotics has nearly ground to a halt as big pharma does not think it is worth the low return on investment. Where treatable infections become untreatable, where routine surgery like a hip operation becomes too risky to carry out, and where every wound is potentially life-threatening.
"And that's why we need an urgent global response".
A 5-year plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) published by the United Kingdom government has ambitious goals.
Medical charity the Wellcome Trust welcomed news of the government plan but urged it to move quickly.
Mr Hancock will use his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to emphasise the threat posed to humanity by bugs resistant to our strongest medication, while calling for immediate action to cut the inappropriate use of antibiotics.
A "patient-level prescribing and resistance data source" to facilitate "timely access at point of care to support clinical decision making" is also to be developed, and the government said it will also raise public awareness to "encourage self-care and reduce expectations of antibiotics".
The NHS has pledged to cut the number of drug-resistant infections by 10% by 2025, as well as reducing the amount of antibiotics it uses by 15%.
"The NHS already spends £1 billion on antibiotics ..."
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"It's also astonishing that there hasn't been a new and approved class of antibiotics produced in over 30 years - there have recently been some promising signs, but it's clear that more investment in the research and development of new drugs to tackle emerging diseases is desperately needed, and if offering appropriate incentives and NHS collaborations with pharmaceutical companies are demonstrated to safely support this, then they should be encouraged".
As health secretary responsible for one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, I could not look my children in the eyes unless I knew I was doing all in my power to solve this great threat.
Diagnostic tests for bacterial infections now take 48 hours to produce results, meaning there is a danger that infections are treat without the right information.
The plans outline the UK's contribution to containing and controlling AMR in health, animals, the environment and the food chain, and were developed in close collaboration with the devolved United Kingdom administrations.
But the number of drug-resistant bloodstream infections has nevertheless increased by 35 percent from 2013 to 2017.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is developing the new formula in conjunction with industry and is due to publish its proposals at the end of January 2019.
"This plan makes a strong argument for continuing United Kingdom leadership on this important debate, but we must move further and faster to ensure there is a sustainable pipeline for the antibiotics we so urgently need", he added. Everybody can play a part in only using antibiotics when they're really ill.
But antibiotics are easily available over the counter in many low- and middle-income countries, which means "unregulated medicines are still available in places such as street markets, with no limits on how they are used", it said.