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Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many providers of clinical decision support software supply products to the NHS there are; which providers (a) supplied such software to the NHS in June 2005 and (b) supply software now; what steps he is taking to rationalise the number of software programmes used following the recommendation in paragraph 4.8 of Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming NHS Ambulance Services, published on 30 June 2005; and if he will make a statement. (156803)

The Department does not centrally hold information on providers of software used by all ambulance trusts in June 2005. Ambulance services across England now use only one call prioritisation system for 999 call handling, the internationally recognised Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System, with the exception of north-east ambulance service who are piloting NHS Pathways, and the Royal Berkshire area of south central ambulance service, who are using a computerised criteria based despatch system.