Leading charity Group B Strep Support is disappointed that the UK National Screening Committee will ask the Government to refuse to introduce routine screening of group B Strep for all pregnant women.
In the UK, group B Strep cases have increased by 30% since 2000.
In response to the decision, Chief Executive of Group B Strep Support, Jane Plumb MBE said: “The Government will be making the wrong decision if it accepts the UK National Screening Committee’s recommendations against a group B Strep screening programme.”
The news comes shortly after a petition, signed by over 250,000 people, for routine screening of group B Strep to be made available was sent to Parliament for consideration.
Fiona Paddon, who lost her son 9 day after childbirth due to the infection, said: “It’s outrageous that the UK National Screening Committee is ignoring the wishes of families, charities and health professionals.
Around the world, 20-30% of women are carriers of group B Step.
Chair of the Group B Strep Support Medical Advisory Panel, Professor Phillip Steer, added: “Women found by chance to be carriers of group B Strep are offered intravenous penicillin in labour to protect their baby from this potentially devastating illness, and yet this is being denied to other carriers whose status remains unknown.”
The UK Government’s decision is expected soon.
Guidelines for midwives and allied health professionals on group B Streptococcus can be found here.
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