Accenture quits NHS project
The NHS computerisation project has been dealt a body blow with the confirmation that Accenture is to cut its losses and walk away from its £2 billion contract.
It’s expected that most of Accenture’s work, with the exception of digital X-raysystems, will be given to Computer Sciences Corporation.
Accenture said in March it would take a $450 million (238.6 million pound) charge related to its work on the NHS project to design, implement and manage a computer system that allows hospitals, doctors and other providers to compile and share electronic patient records.
Accenture Chief Executive Bill Green blamed the problems on delays in delivery of software from iSoft Group, cost overruns and concerns that some primary care physicians will not adopt the new system.
For all that, Accenture had installed a larger range of IT systems than any other lead contractor, some 80 per cent of the systems that have gone live to date.. BT has made progress on 10 areas, CSC on five and Fujitsu on three.