Fujitsu Alliance wins final NHS local service provider contract

The Fujitsu Alliance has won the final local service provider contract to deliver the government’s £2.3bn overhaul of NHS IT.

The Fujitsu Alliance has won the final local service provider contract to deliver the government’s £2.3bn overhaul of NHS IT.

Health Secretary John Reid today announced the Fujitsu-led consortium, which includes IDX Systems corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, BT and PricewaterhouseCoopers, has won the £896m contract.

The contract will run until 2013, with the Fujitsu Alliance providing local systems and services to enable users to access the NHS Care Records Service.

The announcement was accompanied by the unveiling of a new NHS-wide agreement with Oracle. The software firm, which is already a sub-contractor to a number of LSPs, will supply the database infrastructure to support the Care Records Service, in a deal which could save the NHS £100m.

The Care Records Service is a key part of the Government’s NHS reforms, and aims to ensure that doctors and nurses can access vital patient information around the clock.

The Southern LSP area is the largest in England. The region covers almost a quarter of England’s population and extends across a geographical area from Dover to Land’s End and the Isle of Wight to Milton Keynes.

Richard Granger, the director general of NHS IT, said that with the award of the final LSP contract, the National Programme will now shift its focus to ensuring delivery of high-quality services to a challenging timetable.

Other successful bidders for the five regional LSP contracts include CSC in the North West and West Midlands region and Accenture in the Eastern and North East regions. BT was awarded the London LSP contract.

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