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Accenture withdraws from NHS IT contract

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:720
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    The £12bn (€18bn; $23bn) programme to computerise the NHS in England has lost its second largest contractor. Accenture, a consulting and information technology (IT) services company that is based mainly in the United States but registered in Bermuda last week announced that it is withdrawing from contracts worth some £2bn to create electronic health records in the northeast and east of England.

    Although expected, the move rekindled speculation about the future of the world's largest civil IT programme.

    Accenture was one of four firms awarded contracts in 2003 worth £5bn for packages of …

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