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Mega-consortia make cut for NHS IT billions

NHS IT chief Richard Granger has published a "long list" of 27 IT organisations that will be considered as local service...

NHS IT chief Richard Granger has published a "long list" of 27 IT organisations that will be considered as local service providers for the health service's £2.3bn IT upgrade.

Granger, who plans to create five "local service providers", has also selected 20 potential candidates for consideration as National Application Service Providers (NASP).

The NHS has reduced the number of potential IT suppliers from almost 100 and intends to move rapidly towards letting the contracts by missing out the usual "preferred bidder" stage of the tender process.

" We were very pleased by the number and quality of the expressions of interest," said Granger. "It provides confidence that at the end of the competition the successful bidders will be capable of meeting the stringent quality and competency requirements of this programme."

In an effort to reassure both IT suppliers and users of health service systems, the NHS IT director general said that organisations that were unsuccessful at the initial stage of the procurement process, or those that did not apply, will not be excluded from the NHS IT overhaul.

Excluded suppliers can become sub-contractors to Local Service Providers and National Application Service Providers, according to Granger.

Among those bidding for the contracts are several mega-consortia. These include:

  • Accenture, Siemens, Microsoft and Avanade partnership.
  • Cerner, SchlumbergerSema, Serco, TATA consortium
  • EDS, iSOFT, Microsoft, Dell, SUN consortium
  • Fujitsu Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TATA consortium
  • IBM, ATOS KPMG consortium
  • Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Perot Systems consortium
  • McKesson, Capita Business Services consortium
  • Jarvis, SAIC, Agilisys, PricewaterhouseCoopers consortium
  • Patni Computer Systems, First Consulting Group, Patient Safety Institute, Seebeyond, iSOFT plc consortium
  • SchlumbergerSema, Fujitsu Services, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young consortium
  • Serco, Morse Group, Sapient consortium

Granger's office has, behind the scenes, been encouraging potential bidders to form consortia, but a number of organisations have been chosen for the long list in their own right. These include BT, CSC, Compuware, CTG, ·Northrop Grumman,· Oracle,· IMS Health,· ITNET, Logica CMG, Steria, Torex, Unisys, Wipro Technologies and Xansa.

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