Early day motion 615

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That this House notes that since the introduction of the Royal College of Obstetricians' and Gynaecologists' current risk factor-based strategy in 2003, the number of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections reported to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has increased by almost a third, representing a 32 per cent increase over nine years; further notes that GBS now affects one in every 1,000 newborn babies, killing 75 and permanently disabling 40 more each year; recognises that GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK and Ireland; welcomes the UK National Screening Committee's (NSC) public consultation and the fact that this is the first time in 12 years their review of GBS screening has been opened for comment from the public; conveys its continued disappointment at the lack of awareness surrounding this condition that one in four women carry; urges the Department of Health to introduce routine Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) screening at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy for all women in the UK; further recognises that although the ECM test is the HPA's gold standard of testing for GBS, it is currently only used in 1 per cent of NHS trusts and only available privately otherwise at a cost of £35; expresses its continued concern that the current direct plating method of testing available for GBS is only 50 per cent reliable and produces false negatives and, while direct plate testing is offered at booking in pregnancy, this is proven not to be the optimum time to test for GBS carriage; further notes that screening is routinely offered in the USA, France, Spain and Australia, who have seen a huge reduction in infection rates by 86, 71, 86 and 82 per cent respectively; and is alarmed at the NSC's extremely selective collection of statistics, which do not include figures relating to miscarriages, stillbirths or late onset of GBS and which includes only statistics for England and Wales.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Amess, David Conservative Party Southend West 13.11.2012
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 24.10.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 25.10.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 26.10.2012
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 24.10.2012
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 25.10.2012
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 23.10.2012
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 25.10.2012
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 01.11.2012
Donaldson, Jeffrey Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley 06.03.2013
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 22.10.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 24.10.2012
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 24.10.2012
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 29.10.2012
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 24.10.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 22.10.2012
Harvey, Nick Liberal Democrats North Devon 08.11.2012
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 31.10.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 29.10.2012
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 29.10.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 29.10.2012
Lewis, Julian Conservative Party New Forest East 24.10.2012
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 24.10.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 05.11.2012
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 05.11.2012
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 25.10.2012
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 23.10.2012
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 12.11.2012
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 29.10.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 25.10.2012
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 30.10.2012
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 24.10.2012
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 22.10.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 24.10.2012
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 21.11.2012
Soames, Nicholas Conservative Party Mid Sussex 24.10.2012
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 24.10.2012
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 30.10.2012