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GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS INFECTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 615: tabled on 22 October 2012

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that since the introduction of the Royal College of Obstetricians' and Gynaecologists' current risk factor-based strategy in 2003, the number of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has increased by almost a third, representing a 32 per cent increase over nine years; further notes that GBS now affects one in every 1,000 newborn babies, killing 75 and permanently disabling 40 more each year; recognises that GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK and Ireland; welcomes the UK National Screening Committee's (NSC) public consultation and the fact that this is the first time in 12 years their review of GBS screening has been opened for comment from the public; conveys its continued disappointment at the lack of awareness surrounding this condition that one in four women carry; urges the Department of Health to introduce routine Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) screening at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy for all women in the UK; further recognises that although the ECM test is the HPA's gold standard of testing for GBS, it is currently only used in 1 per cent of NHS trusts and only available privately otherwise at a cost of £35; expresses its continued concern that the current direct plating method of testing available for GBS is only 50 per cent reliable and produces false negatives and, while direct plate testing is offered at booking in pregnancy, this is proven not to be the optimum time to test for GBS carriage; further notes that screening is routinely offered in the USA, France, Spain and Australia, who have seen a huge reduction in infection rates by 86, 71, 86 and 82 per cent respectively; and is alarmed at the NSC's extremely selective collection of statistics, which do not include figures relating to miscarriages, stillbirths or late onset of GBS and which includes only statistics for England and Wales.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 13 November 2012
Southend West
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2012
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2012
Gower
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2012
Islington North
Crockart, Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 October 2012
Edinburgh West
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2012
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 November 2012
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 March 2013
Lagan Valley
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2012
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 24 October 2012
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 2012
St Ives
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2012
North Tyneside
Harvey, Sir Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2012
North Devon
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 31 October 2012
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2012
Luton North
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2012
Knowsley
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 2012
Manchester, Withington
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 24 October 2012
New Forest East
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 24 October 2012
Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 5 November 2012
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 5 November 2012
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2012
Hayes and Harlington
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 12 November 2012
Easington
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2012
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 October 2012
South Down
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 30 October 2012
Glenrothes
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2012
Lewisham, Deptford
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 October 2012
Strangford
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2012
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Soames, Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 24 October 2012
Mid Sussex
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2012
Blackley and Broughton
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 October 2012
Ceredigion

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.