Contractors working on overhauling the National Health Service’s complex IT
system have been paid just £257m on contracts worth almost £5bn, figures for
March have revealed.
The paper cited shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley as the source for
This represents just 5% cent of their contract value, despite these
contractors having spent an estimated £1bn so far, according to The
Four companies have been charged with delivering the new system, designed to
allow 50 million patient records to be stored electronically, namely BT,
Accenture, Fujitsu and American firm CSC.
Despite this underpayment, only Accenture is predicting losses on the project
saying in March that it was setting aside £260m, citing problems with its main
software provider, iSoft.
CSC has been paid just £119m on a contract estimated to be worth £973m.
BT, which is responsible for the programme across London, said it been paid
just £1.3m on a £996m contract, while experts estimate the company is likely to
have spent around £200m on the work.
Fujitsu, has received just £26m for work on its £986m contract for southern
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