Mid Sussex MP continues to support vital work of Haywards Heath baby charity

Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies continues to support the work of Group B Strep Support (GBSS), a Haywards Heath charity that aims to stop group B Strep infection in babies.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:19 am

Ms Davies has met with Jane Plumb, chief executive of GBSS, over the past four years and has spoken about the issue several times in the House of Commons.

“I’ve supported Group B Strep work since my election in 2015,” she said.

“I have spoken in the Commons chamber and worked cross party to ensure that the government’s maternity strategy tackles these ongoing tragedies.

Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies with Jane Plumb, the chief executive of Group B Strep Support (GBSS)
Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies with Jane Plumb, the chief executive of Group B Strep Support (GBSS)

“As a former minister in the Department of Health and Social Care, I have had the opportunity the see all the hard work Jane has been doing.

“GBSS is based in Haywards Heath in Mid Sussex, and I continue to support this charity in any way possible. Being a parent brings many worries and fears, Strep B should not be one.”

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies.

It is a common bacterium and most pregnant women with GBS will have healthy babies. However, in a small number of cases, there is a risk that GBS can pass to the baby around childbirth and cause illness.

GBS most often causes sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis and is the leading cause of meningitis in children under five.

On average in the UK at least two babies a day develop GBS infection, one baby a week dies from GBS infection and one baby a week survives with disability.

GBSS relies on independent funding and are world advocators on eradicating group B Strep infection in babies.

Visit gbss.org.uk to find out more.

Jane has had various consultations with government bodies and was recently endorsed by MP Nadine Dorries, minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety.