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Statement concerning arrangements between Fujitsu, IDX and Cerner

The Department of Health Agency, NHS Connecting for Health (formerly the NHS National Programme for IT) has been advised by the prime contractor for the south of England, Fujitsu that they are formally seeking our permission to replace key sub-contractor, IDX Systems Corporation in order to fulfil their obligations for the provision of key services to the NHS. (Published: 01 June 2005).

Under the contract between the Department of Health and Fujitsu, responsibility for the selection of technology components rests with the contractor, in this case Fujitsu. NHS Connecting for Health has agreed, subject to contract, to permit Fujitsu to replace IDX's Carecast product with Cerner's Millennium product.

NHS Connecting for Health understand that the arrangements between BT and IDX are unaltered. Indeed, this change in the south provides the opportunity for BT and IDX to redouble their focus on the delivery of services to the NHS in London.

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Notes for Editors:

  1. The South of England cluster comprises the counties of Kent, Surrey, East & West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Devon, and Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. The London cluster covers all five Strategic Health Authories operating in London. More information about the clusters are available on the NHS Connecting for Health Website - http://www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/regions
  2. Fujitsu were awarded the prime contract for the south of England on 26th January 2004 under following the Official Journal of the European Communities (OJEC) Contract Notice Reference 2003/S 27-022143 Details of that process can be found at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/01/99/39/04019939.pdf
  3. Prior to the commencement of the procurement a document ' Delivering 21st Century IT Support for the NHS - Summary of the overall procurement strategyā€¯ was published (available at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/01/99/47/04019947.pdf ). In this document events of this nature were anticipated and; the contracts are structured to fully protect the NHS' position.

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