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Atos suspended from NHS contract

Atos Origin has been suspended from a services contract for NHS North West and South West after mishandling ultrasound scans.

Up to 900 patients who were referred to Atos Origin for ultrasound scans may be recalled for re-scanning, after an audit revealed administrative and technical problems with the scans.

Eight primary care trusts – Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Oldham, Ashton Leigh and Wigan, Knowsley, and Liverpool – negotiated an initial contract with Atos via the Department of Health, to provide additional ultrasound scans from the end of December 2006 to the end of March 2007.

Atos was suspended from this contract before it ended. The firm was due to start a new and longer agreement for the North West and South West this month.

Atos was suspended after a clinical audit found that some patient information was not being correctly recorded.

Atos said it accepted the suspension. It is not clear when it will start working on the scans again.

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