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Streptococcus Testing

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) of 6 June 2005, Official Report, columns 439-41W, on streptococcus testing, what the findings were of the studies undertaken by the health technology assessment programme on prenatal screening for group B streptococcus. (80395)

The United Kingdom national screening committee has asked the health technology assessment (HTA) programme to undertake two studies on prenatal screening for group B streptococcal disease. These studies are still in progress.

The first study is on prenatal screening and treatment strategies to prevent group B streptococcal and other bacterial infections in early infancy: cost effectiveness and expected value of information analyses.

The second study is on prenatal screening for group B streptococcal disease: protocol development for a possible clinical trial.

Details of all ongoing reports and research outputs can be found on the HTA’s website at www.hta.nhsweb. nhs.uk.