Have NPfIT contract talks in the south stalled?

An anonymous e-mail to this blog suggests that negotiations on the contract reset between Fujitsu and the NHS in the south of England have not yet worked out, though the two sides have been trying hard to reach a deal.

There’s no clarity on whether the two sides are still negotiating or that talks have stopped while each waits for the other to make concessions. Ministers are said to be reluctant to provide large sums in extra money for the contract.

It’s likely that health officials will be working on contingencies should the contract reset fail. The reset is a re-negotiation of parts of an £896m contract signed between Fujitsu and the Department of Health in 2004. The contract was amended in September 2005 under what is known as CCN [contract change notice] 60, though the original terms and conditions remain largely intact.


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