As a specialist healthcare PR and lobbying company PRimage has often commented on this blog site about the ongoing sagas and problems with the Government’s beleagured multi-billion pound scheme to computerise every patient in England’s medical records.
Today Judy Viitanen read that it has suffered a major blow after the NHS said a contract with a key supplier had been terminated. The £12.7 billion project has already come in for repeated criticism over delays and fears over the security of patient information. Fujitsu’s £896 million, 10-year contract for installing the programme in the south of England has been terminated after months of negotiations, both the company and the NHS confirmed. Connecting for Health, the NHS IT programme, said it would now issue a termination notice to Fujitsu in a move that could cost the Japanese-owned services company an estimated £300m. Reports suggest the dispute centred on the NHS’s demand for more flexibility in delivery of the services – a request that would cost more. Fujitsu wanted either more money or a return to the original contract specifications.
PRimage was interested to read in today’s Financial Times that the dispute centred around the government’s demands for more flexibility in the IT system being installed, which would have cost more.