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Health Committee

Watch live coverage of the health committee from 2pm on 8 February 2012.

The health committee is meeting to discuss Group B Streptococcus.

Chief medical officer Dr Michael McBride is one of those giving evidence. He is being joined by Dr Elizabeth Mitchell and Dr Margaret Boyle from the Department of Health.

Group B streptococcus (GBS or B strep) is a bacterium that can cause infection if passed on from mothers to newborn babies during childbirth.

GBS is the most common cause of meningitis in newborns.

In some cases it can result in the death of the baby.

Committee members are also hearing evidence on shared services with trade union officials.

Representatives from Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA), Unite and the health and social care trade unions are in attendance.

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