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System failure affects child jabs

4th March 2006

Ten PCTs in North London and Essex are unable to easily identify which infants and children are due for jabs, making it difficult to issue vaccination calls or record whether children have received them.

Problems with the introduction of a new child health information system, provided under NHS Connecting for Health, are to blame. According to a report in the Observer the new child health software has left staff relying on manual records.

The paper reported that the new Child Health Interim Application (CHIA) software developed by BT is currently proving unable to ensure that all babies have had health checks, vaccinations, visits from health visitors and assessments for special needs. The report quoted documents leaked from the Health Protection Agency that state some parts of London still can't send out appointments for immunisation or identify children who have not received their jabs.

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Article Information

Title: System failure affects child jabs
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 81
Date Added: 4th Mar 2006

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