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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Bad news piling up for IT overhaul of health system

TBad news piling up for IT overhaul of health system: "Companies that won the lion's share of the work on the 6 billion ($16 billion) project to overhaul Britain's decrepit National Health Service computer systems were required to sign up to an unusual clause in their contracts.

Before they could get their hands on these potentially lucrative deals, project boss Richard Granger insisted that BT, Accenture, Fujitsu and Computer Sciences Corporation agree not to talk to the press about their work.

It was an attempt by Granger to stop the drip-drip of bad news that had bedevilled previous Government IT projects. The companies duly obliged.

Until this month, when Accenture was forced to break the vow of silence on the project, known as the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The management consultancy revealed that losses on its two NHS contracts had reached between US$110 million ($154 million) and US$150 million and it would not make a profit on them until 2007. "


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