Contact your MP
Contacting your MP is a great way to raise an issue with them, and can make a real difference to group B Strep prevention in your local area. We want MPs to be aware of group B Strep, to champion better prevention of GBS, and to be actively using their influence to improve things in your local area.
We’ve put together a draft letter that you can personalise and send to your MP, AM (if you live in Wales) or MSP (if you live in Scotland), to ask them to ensure their local hospitals and NHS bodies are following the latest guidelines on group B Strep prevention.
You will first need to find out who your MP, AM or MSP is, and get their email address or postal address. You can also enter your postcode into WriteToThem and send an email using their platform.
Once you’ve done this, copy and paste the letter below into an email, add in any details you want to share, and send it to your MP/AM/MSP. Please let us know when you email your representative, and pass on any responses you receive. This helps us build up a picture of supportive politicians we can approach for help. Email Oliver Plumb, our Campaigns and Fundraising Officer on [email protected] with any responses, or any questions.
England: Find out who your MP is: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Scotland: Find out who your MSP is: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps.aspx
Wales: Find out who your AM is: http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/memhome.aspx
NAME OF MP
ADDRESS OR EMAIL ADDRESS
Dear NAME OF MP,
I live in your constituency at [INSERT ADDRESS]. I support Group B Strep Support, the UK charity working to prevent group B Strep infection in newborn babies. I am writing to ask you for your support in ensuring that health professionals in our area are following the latest clinical guidelines on group B Strep prevention.
As you may know, group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. [INSERT INFORMATION ABOUT WHY YOU SUPPORT THE CHARITY].
In September 2017 there was a significant update to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) national guidelines on group B Strep prevention for newborn babies. This update included many improvements to the guideline, including a recommendation that all pregnant women be provided with a leaflet about group B Strep as part of their routine antenatal care.
However, feedback that Group B Strep Support has received suggests that very few hospitals have implemented these guidelines, despite a year passing since their publication.
Would you please write to the relevant bodies locally and ask them to review their group B Strep guidelines, and to check that they are following the 2017 RCOG guidelines on group B Strep prevention?
Further information about group B Strep can be found at www.gbss.org.uk
Thank you for your help. I look forward to your response.