Accenture threatens NHS blow
Consulting firm may resign from project
The £12bn IT upgrade of the NHS is facing more problems with fears that
Accenture, the consulting group and the biggest contractor on the scheme, may
resign from the project.
The program is already £6bn over budget and more than two years behind
According to reports, Accenture is in negotiations with the authorities in a bid
to ditch its £2bn contract.
However it is at loggerheads with the government agency overseeing the
project who maintain the company is liable for a £1bn penalty if it walks away.
According to The Guardian, Accenture says the sum should be reduced
to take account of the fact that the contract has changed in nature since it
clinched the deal three years ago.