MP calls for Strep B screens

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A POLITICIAN has called for routine screening of pregnant women for Group B Streptococus (GSB).

Easington MP Grahame Moriss tabled an Early Day Motion that has received cross-party support.

Mr Morris, a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee, worked with Group B Strep Support charity to draw up a three-point action plan.

All women should be given accurate information about GSB, says Mr Morris, with a national screening programme for women 35 to 37 weeks into their pregnancy.

Those who test positive should then be offered intravenous antibiotics during labour.

GSB is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies and can cause early birth, still birth or late miscarriages.

Mr Morris said: “Countries that test for GSB have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of infections in newborn babies.

“I am disappointed that the UK National Screening Committee is yet to endorse our three point action plan that would save lives.

“I will be pressing the Health Secretary to make the UK National Screening Committee review this decision”