Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, is a Group B Strep Support Patron and has supported the campaign to improve the prevention of group B Strep infection in newborn babies for many years.
The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas says “I am honoured to become a Patron for Group B Strep Support. Based in Haywards Heath, the charity offers information all over the UK to pregnant women, new parents and their health professionals. I join them in calling for every pregnant woman to be informed about group B Strep and offered the GBS-specific ECM test on the NHS as a routine part of antenatal care.”
“We have been pushing for change for too long – I am keen to make things happen and will be putting pressure on the Government and key decision makers to recognise that the current prevention strategy is not working. It is time for change.”
Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive of Group B Strep Support, says “The charity is thrilled Sir Nicholas has become our patron. His support is invaluable. He has already been holding the Government to account for its failures in preventing the rise of deadly group B Strep infections in newborn babies and will continue to do so.”