BT beefs up commitment to NHS IT
Despite its future as part of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) being the subject of considerable rumour in recent months, BT has affirmed its commitment to the scheme by taking responsibility for hospitals in the South running Cerner Millennium software.
Following Fujitsu’s departure from the National Programme, BT will take over the support of eight NHS sites currently running an initial version of Cerner Millennium in a deal reported to be worth more than £100m.
A Connecting for Health statement said: “NHS Connecting for Health can confirm that an extension to BT’s contract has been agreed which will enable them to take over the live Cerner Millennium sites in the South.
Meanwhile Connecting for Health has announced that it will spend less than projected on the NPfIT in 2009/10, the fourth consecutive year the scheme has underspent significantly. Health minister Ben Bradshaw said £586m of capital expenditure was expected this year, compared to £917m that had been planned. But he failed to comment on the fact that this is due to the project being so far behind schedule that payments have not had to be made as suppliers only get paid for work delivered.