Please call on your MP to prioritise group B Strep research
Every day in the UK two babies will develop group B Strep infection. Tragically, one baby a week will die from their infection, and another will survive with long-term physical or mental disabilities.
But most of these infections could be prevented by offering simple, safe antibiotics during labour to women known to carry group B Strep.
Sadly the UK doesn’t currently test all pregnant women for group B Strep. It instead uses ‘risk factors’ to choose who is offered antibiotics. This approach has failed, and the rate of GBS infection in babies has shot up 77% over the last 25 years.
Most other high-income countries, like Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, routinely test all pregnant women for group B Strep, and offer antibiotics in labour to those who test positive. They’ve seen 70-90% drops in their rates of GBS infection.
These countries have shown that routine testing reduces group B Strep infection in babies. There’s now a clinical trial, GBS3, which is working to establish if routine testing is better in a UK setting than our risk-factor approach.
To be successful, the GBS3 trial needs 80 hospitals taking part in England, Wales and Scotland. So far it has under half of the hospitals required.
Will you make your voice heard by emailing your MP?
Using our form below, you can quickly and easily email your MP, letting them know you want your local hospitals to prioritise taking part in GBS3. Please take just two minutes to email your MP, and help stop babies falling sick and dying as a result of these preventable infections.
Contact your MP:
If you feel comfortable doing so, please amend your email to include any personal experience of group B Strep you have.
- Once you’ve emailed your MP, you should receive an automatic response and a time frame for when they will reply. If your MP doesn’t get back to you within the time frame, it’s worth a follow-up email or phone call to their constituency office. You can find your MP’s contact details here.
It may take a short while for your MP to respond, but they should respond. And if you’re not happy with their initial response, make sure you follow up with them.
Whatever your MP’s response, please forward it to Oliver Plumb, our Policy and Public Affairs Manager at email@example.com
There’s a map and list on this page of all NHS Trusts and Boards currently signed up to the GBS3 trial. Even if your local hospitals are taking part, please do still write to your MP
The GBS3 trial is only recruiting hospitals from England, Scotland and Wales. So sadly hospitals in Northern Ireland can’t take part. If you’re in Northern Ireland and want to help with this campaign, please do share it with any friends, colleagues and family members living in England, Scotland or Wales.