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BT axes GE Healthcare from NHS IT project

BT has axed GE Healthcare from its 10-year NHS National Programme for IT contract, after it failed to deliver systems on time.

BT will now instead transfer UK-based GE Healthcare's projects to US-based Cerner over the next two months.

GE Healthcare acquired IDX Systems Corporation in January. IDX had been a sub-contractor employed by BT to complete NHS work, but it had failed to deliver systems on time.

BT said, “The arrangement between BT and GE Healthcare, which follows a routine post-acquisition review by GE Healthcare, is cordial and reflects the desire of all parties to ensure delivery to the NHS as the number one priority.”

With the NHS withholding payments and fining contractors for not delivering projects on time, BT wanted to nip any problems in the bud.

Yesterday, an NHS datacentre operated by CSC Alliance failed, leading to around 80 NHS trusts losing access to their computer systems.

 

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