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Government looks for exit strategy from IT contract

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 26 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2665
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Ministers are looking at ways to extricate the Department of Health from the largest contracts signed under the ill fated national programme for IT in England after the latest missed deadline for implementing new systems.

The crisis concerns the Lorenzo patient record system supplied by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to NHS trusts in the Midlands and the north and east of England under a set of contracts worth some £3bn (€3.4bn; $5bn). After a series of missed deadlines CSC was warned last April that payments to it would be frozen unless it could implement the system in four “early adopter” sites.

One of the four, Pennine Care …

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