Health written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Mike Thornton Mike Thornton Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his future plans are for introducing Enriched Culture Medium testing for Group B Strep.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are currently no plans to introduce, the test because within current clinical guidance from the key professional bodies, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, there are no clinical indications which should prompt the offer of an enriched culture medium test for group B streptococcus.

Should the clinical guidance change the situation would be reviewed.

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