The Department of Health has responded to the campaign of a mother calling for more awareness of the condition Group Strep B. Jane Plumb's baby son died after he contracted the illness. The mother-of-two from Sussex has been asking for a test for the condition to be more widely available.
“Preventing group B streptococcus (GBS) is an important issue and we are committed to reducing cases of this infection.
“In December 2012, after meeting the Group B Strep support group, Ministers and the Chief Medical Officer agreed that Public Health England should independently investigate the availability of the test.
– Department of Health spokesperson
“This investigation found the test is not effective and would result in thousands of women needlessly being offered intravenous antibiotics, which is not risk-free. We will look at the evidence again in 2015, or earlier, if new research is published which addresses these important questions.”