NHS Connecting for Health, Accenture and CSC today announced a change of the Local Service Provider for delivery of the NHS National Programme for Information Technology in its North East and Eastern clusters.

Accenture will transfer responsibility for delivery of its obligations within the National Programme for IT to CSC in these clusters by 08 January 2007. Accenture will retain responsibility for delivering Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). CSC will continue to fulfill its contractual obligations to provide services to the North West and West Midlands cluster.

The changes are presaged by NHS Connecting for Health and its suppliers’ ongoing desire to ensure that delivery of new systems is as rapid as is practicable within existing costs.

The programme has already made much progress with hundreds of new computer systems already deployed, benefiting thousands of clinicians and millions of patients. The previous situation, prior to the launch of the National Programme for IT, with hundreds of different systems of varying quality and age and which do not link up is not sustainable.

The value of the contract to CSC, for nine years of service to both the North East and Eastern clusters is equivalent to the £1965 million which Accenture could have earned under the original Award Notices.

Accenture will retain £110 M of the £173 M, which it has been paid by the NHS.

Today’s announcement is covered by tripartite binding agreements which conclude all material matters of contention associated with the agreements and which require Accenture to manage the transfer of its responsibilities to CSC in an orderly manner over the next 100 days.


Benedict Payne

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Roxanne Taylor

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