Health officials and Fujitsu have returned to the negotiating table after talks had stalled over a renegotiation of parts of the supplier's £896m contract for installing Cerner's Millennium systems in the south of England.
Officially nothing is being said about progress on the "contract reset" talks, particularly as the local elections are tomorrow [1 May 2008], but Computer Weekly understands that Fujitsu has made significant concessions.
Its revised financial offer will mean that taxpayers would have to pay tens of millions of pounds, not hundreds of millions, to keep Fujitsu in the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Computer Weekly understands a high-level meeting took place last Thursday which involved:
- David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS
- Ian Carruthers, a former acting chief executive of the NHS, a senior responsible owner of the NPfIT and chief executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority
- The European head of Fujitsu
- A director from Fujitsu's headquarters in Japan.