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Russell backs baby swab test battle
8:00pm Wednesday 5th February 2014 in News
A COLCHESTER mum joined a charity chief executive at the House of Commons to press the town’s MP for action over a potentially fatal childbird infection.
Campaigners have accused the Government of carrying out a U-turn over a pledge to introduce a more accurate swab for Group B Strep, a bacterial infection passed from pregnant mother to child.
One in ten children die if theyhave the infection, while a further one in 20 suffer lifelong mental and physical problems. A general test now misses two in five cases, but a test available for £35 privately would be more effective.
Su Newton, who nearly lost daughter Emily after she was born with the infection, joined group chief executive Jane Plumb for a meeting with Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.
Mrs Newton, whose daughter is now a healthy four-year-old, said: “I find the decision not to introduce routine screening extremely hard to comprehend.”
After the meeting Sir Bob tabled two written parliamentary questions. He said: “I am fully supportive of the campaign and will do my best to ensure we get a positive outcome.”
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