£2bn extension for NHS IT8th December 2011
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has indicated that it expects its contract to provide electronic patients records across the NHS to be extended, despite the project having been abandoned.
The US company, which is contracted to provide IT technology for the NHS, has informed Walls Street of the move.
The suggestion is that it is set to receive a £2 billion extension, even though it has not yet delivered a fully-functional version of its software, according to reports in The Times newspaper.
The £11.4 billion National Programme for IT was set up in 2002 to give doctors instant access to patient records wherever they were being treated with CSC signing a deal to computerise records across most of England.
However, in September this year health secretary Andrew Lansley said he was abandoning the scheme because it had “let down” the health service and the project would be dismantled because it was not providing the taxpayer with value for money.
However, the company has stated in official US papers that it is in talks with the British Government for its contract to be extended until 2017, at a cost of up to £2billion.
The Department of Health has confirmed negotiations with the company over the NHS contract were ongoing but has declined to comment further.
As one of the biggest IT providers in the world, CSC had been contracted to provide the Lorenzo patient record software system to 166 NHS hospitals. It has delivered on 10 but none of the systems are fully functional.
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Title: £2bn extension for NHS IT
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20545
Date Added: 8th Dec 2011