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Health: Children

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Child Health Interim Application is still supported by manual systems; whether it can issue COVER reports; what recent progress has been made in the development and implementation of the Application; and if he will make a statement; (301361)

(2) which primary care trusts in London use the Child Health Interim Application; and what estimate he has made of the number of children resident in areas served by such trusts.

The child health interim application (CHIA) was introduced in response to a decision in early 2005 to withdraw support for the ageing Regional Interactive Child Health System (RICHS) from 10 primary care trusts (PCTs) in London taken by its commercial supplier. CHIA was delivered to these PCTs at short notice by BT, the London local service provider under the national programme for information technology, as an interim measure at the request of the local national health service. This is now being taken forward by the local NHS and so the hon. Member may wish to contact the Chief Executive of NHS London.