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NHS: Information and Communications Technology

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has had negotiations with Fujitsu on that company (a) exiting and (b) changing their contracts with Connecting for Health; and what minimum number of suppliers to the central Connecting for Health contracts is allowed under the terms of the NHS IT programme. (202329)

The Department continues to negotiate constructively with Fujitsu on the company's proposals to reset its supplier contract under the national programme for information technology. Reset is a normal, repeatable, process, for contracts with a long lifetime to ensure that their ongoing delivery reflects progress to date, current priorities, and deployment plans for the future, and that they continue to support the evolving needs of the national health service. Reset also allows for the option of agreeing enhancements to existing services or functionality that does not effect a change in contract scope or risk allocation.

The original procurement strategy for the national programme was to avoid reliance on a single supplier to deliver the programme, and recognised that some suppliers might fail and need to be replaced, but without reference to a maximum or minimum number of suppliers.