Troubled NHS systems supplier set to reveal results

The extent of the crisis enveloping a key supplier for the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is set to be revealed later this week.

The extent of the crisis enveloping a key supplier for the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is set to be revealed later this week.

Troubled software firm iSOFT’s Lorenzo electronic patient record system was selected as the crucial care record service component in three out of the five NPfIT geographical clusters.

On Friday, iSOFT must post financial results that have twice been delayed or face suspension of its shares by the stock exchange. The company has also been forced to change its accounting rules after irregularities were found in its 2004 and 2005 accounts and has made 150 UK staff redundant in a bid to steady its finances.

Amid speculation that Friday’s results will reveal a sharp drop in the firm’s profitability, the Guardian newspaper has served notice that it will apply to the high court to remove a gagging order used to stop an investigation into iSOFT’s finances two years ago.

The Guardian said it had seen papers in 2004 that “raised serious issues about iSOFT’s accounts”.

The Commons public accounts committee quizzed senior NHS officials in June over the state of iSOFT and the impact on NPfIT if the firm went bust.

Richard Granger, chief executive of Connecting for Health, which runs NPfIT, told the MPs that prime contractors Accenture and CSC would have to “put money or human resources in” to shore up the programme’s delivery.

Earlier this month, iSOFT received a rare piece of good news, securing a contract to supply a diagnostic test request management system to the health ministry of Spain’s Cantabria region.

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