Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, is the new patron of a mother’s baby support charity.
Lindfield Mum Jane Plumb founded charity Group B Strep Support in 1996 following the death of her middle child, Theo to the infection.
The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas joins the campaign for the NHS to provide reliable antenatal tests for group B Strep carriage to prevent avoidable deaths in newborn babies.
Sir Nicholas said: “I am honoured to become a Patron for Group B Strep Support. 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.”
Group B Strep is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection yet most of these infections in newborn babies are preventable.