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PE01592: Group B Strep Information and Testing


Petitioner: Shaheen McQuade


Date Lodged: 28 December 2015

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure all pregnant women receive information about Group B Strep and are given the option to be tested; and to set aside funding to find more reliable methods of testing.  


Petition History:


12 January 2016: The Committee took evidence from Shaheen McQuade. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. The Committee also agreed to seek further information from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre. Link to Official Report 12 January 2016

1 March 2016: The Committee agreed to include the petition in its legacy paper for consideration by the Session 5 Public Petitions Committee. Link to Official Report 1 March 2016 

29 September 2016: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until the National Screening Committee's review of the evidence on Group B Strep screening is published. Link to Official Report 29 September 2016

27 April 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government representative on the UK National Screening Committee. Link to the Official Report

29 June 2017: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Standing Orders Rule 15.7 on the basis that the UK National Screening Committee has reviewed the latest evidence in March 2017 and does not recommend screening for group B streptococcus but has asked the National Institute of Health Research to commission a UK-wide clinical trial to compare universal screening for GBS against usual risk-based care. Link to the Official Report 29 June 2017

Written Submissions:

I feel very strongly about this as I lost my precious son to this awful infection when it could have been prevented. I want to ensure no other parent has to experience the pain and devastation I have.

More needs to be done about this!!

Alison McDonald

20:00 on 28 Dec 2015

Do the right thing and stop anyone else going through this awful suffering. Thoughts go out to the family and all involved, hope this gets the desired result.

Martin Clark

17:58 on 28 Dec 2015

Please start to test routinely for this.

Fiona Buchanan

16:38 on 28 Dec 2015

My heart was breaking reading your story and the loss of your baby boy. Hope the Scottish government take action.

Jaci Steele-Curran

23:03 on 26 Dec 2015

I hope that this petition can help change the system. Heartfelt sympathy to this family and to all other parents who have lost their child to this.

Ross Halliday

20:15 on 26 Dec 2015

I passed this onto my son and he was in special care for a number of weeks, my son is now 14 years old ...one of the lucky ones, my heart goes out to the families that have suffered a loss due to this, the comments are heart breaking X

Caroline Robertson

16:59 on 26 Dec 2015

18 years ago our son was born and within 2 hours was critically ill for i4 months. Things haven't moved on have they. Desperately sorry to read this. With love, Pete

Pete Stubbings

20:04 on 24 Dec 2015

i completely back this, I myself carry Group B Strep and first found out by a swab that was taken while in hospital during my pregnancy with my first born (over 9 years ago). Due to the complications and severe health issues this can cause, every pregnant lady should be tested during their pregnancy

Samantha Green

18:17 on 24 Dec 2015

This test should allways be available before labour to prevent this happening ever again,so sad...

william thomson

17:59 on 24 Dec 2015

Tragic. When a tragedy like this can be avoided, all must be done to make sure it is.

Gillian thomson

17:05 on 24 Dec 2015

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