To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what consideration he has given to routinely offering Enriched Culture Method tests to pregnant women to detect Group B Streptococcus infection;
(2) if he will make an assessment of the merits of routinely assessing pregnant women for Group B Streptococcus infection.
The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the national health service in all four United Kingdom countries about all aspects of screening policy, including, screening policy for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) carriage in pregnancy. The UK NSC is currently reviewing the evidence for screening for GBS carriage in pregnancy using the enriched culture medium test against its criteria. A public consultation on the screening review will open in spring 2012.