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CSC and DH agree new deal

5th September 2012

The Department of Health and CSC have reached a new deal over the company’s local service provider contract.


The arrangement will not only remove CSC’s exclusive rights to be the only provider of clinical IT systems in the North, Midlands and East of England but the government says it will save the NHS more than £1 billion.

The agreement effectively ends negotiations about the future of CSC’s local service provider contract, which was signed as part of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

It also lifts the threat of legal action by both parties.

In a statement CSC said: “The agreement includes full mutual releases of all claims between the parties through the date of the agreement.”

Those negotiations have been under way for some months and were triggered when Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust pulled out of becoming the fourth early adopter of Lorenzo.

The new arrangement will now see CSC deliver Lorenzo based on demand from individual trusts, though trusts wanting the system can access centralised support and funding.

CSC added: “A flexible arrangement has been established for these trusts to combine additional clinical modules with the core care management functionality of the Lorenzo solution to meet their specific requirements.”

Health minister Simon Burns said the new agreement will save taxpayers more than £1 billion which will be reinvested in patient care and front line services.

“We’ve removed the restrictive, top-down, centralised approach and given the local NHS the power to make their own decisions about which IT systems they use,” he said.


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