On Wednesday 4th July, we were delighted to hold a drop-in event for MPs to meet us in the House of Commons to mark Group B Strep Awareness Month and learn more about how they could help prevent GBS infection
The event was a great success, with MPs from all across the UK attending. A particular highlight was having Steve Brine MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care joining us and agreeing to follow up with Public Health England on group B Strep.
Many MPs who attended had been contacted by constituents about group B Strep, and one, Helen Hayes MP, sharing her experience of having discovered she was carrying GBS during her pregnancy.
Delighted to support Group B Strep Awareness Month. I had Group B Strep in my first pregnancy. Thanks to the diligence of NHS staff it was treated, but consequences could have been dire for my baby. If you are pregnant ask your midwife about Group B Strep #GBSAM18 pic.twitter.com/SyTClYK67l
— Helen Hayes (@helenhayes_) July 4, 2018
We’re very pleased with how the drop-in went, and will be continuing to follow up with the MPs who joined us. MP can be powerful champions for our campaign for more awareness of group B Strep.