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Accenture stays in the running for NHS contract

After US supplier Lockeed Martin pulled out of the bidding for the £2.3bn NHS IT contract, Accenture has denied it has similar plans to drop out of the running.

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Accenture is bidding for the contract alongside companies such as IBM Global Services and BT.

Yesterday, Accenture sought to distance itself from industry rumours that they too were planning to withdraw from bidding due to the tough terms of the contracts.

An Accenture spokesman said: ‘I can categorically deny that Accenture is withdrawing from the NHS IT project.’

A spokesman at IBM said the company does not comment on rumour and speculation but added: ‘The allegations [that IBM would pull out] are without merit.’ BT said it was also remain part of the programme.

A spokesman at Lockheed Martin confirmed the company has pulled out of the bidding but would not give a reason for the decision.

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