We’re always looking to raise awareness of group B Strep among MPs wherever possible. Writing to or meeting with your MP can seem quite daunting, but it’s really very straightforward.
Whether you meet them in person through a constituency surgery, or communicate by email, asking your MP to champion the issue of group B Strep should be about you.
MPs are usually very interested in constituency issues, so it’s always best to use your experience of group B Strep to explain why you feel so strongly about it and are getting in touch.
What do I write?
We’ve prepared a draft letter to help if you’re stuck on what to say. The template can be easily amended for your Parliamentary representative – it is really important to personalise it. MPs get a lot of ‘standard’ correspondence so individual letters and emails make a big impact. You can download a copy of the letter here.
If you’re looking for more detail, we have produced a Report, “Screening will save lives: A case for the introduction of routine screening for group B Streptococcus in late pregnancy”. This gives information about group B Strep, the pros and cons of different prevention strategies and why action is needed. Please do use some of the information from this in your letter and also to give to your parliamentary representative when you meet him/her.
Some key points you might want to include:
- Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing septicaemia and pneumonia, and is the leading cause of meningitis in babies under three months. Most of these infections can be prevented by testing expectant mothers and then providing targeted antibiotics during labour.
- The Why Guess? campaign aims to stop healthcare professionals having to guess whether a pregnant woman is carrying the potentially deadly group B strep bacteria and instead use an accurate and cheap test. This test would cost the NHS only £11.
To email your MP, just fill in the boxes below and it will walk you through the process.
Please send us a copy of your MP’s response.
You can see some of the questions which have been asked in Westminster and the Scottish Parliament by clicking here.