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CSC faces dismissal from NHS

1st April 2010

The Department of Health has refused to sign a new contract agreement for a significant element of the national IT programme.

DH director general for informatics Christine Connolly has declined to sign a memorandum of understanding with CSC, which is contracted to install the Lorenzo system in trusts in the North, Midlands and East, because it had missed its deadline to do so in at least one trust.

CSC has now been told to submit a convincing plan for how it will successfully install the Lorenzo 1.9 electronic health record at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust and elsewhere.

Failure to do so would lead to CSC and Lorenzo being abandoned as a single solution for the region’s hospitals with other companies then being invited to tender in a similar scenario to where Fujitsu’s contract was terminated in the south.

Ms Connolly said: “We have a contractual arrangement with CSC and we need to give them the space that contract allows, to offer them the opportunity to remedy the situation.

“We are working hard with them to do that. However, given they have not delivered, that obviously affects our confidence and we need to work through the stages of the contract.”

The situation could have financial consequences for CSC and iSoft, which makes the Lorenzo product.

In contrast a memorandum of understanding for the London national programme contract, held by BT, has been signed.

Ms Connolly said she was happy with the progress and changes agreed for London.

 

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Article Information

Title: CSC faces dismissal from NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14546
Date Added: 1st Apr 2010

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