Public Sector IT:

July, 2008

July 31, 2008  11:20 AM

Is Fujitsu’s withdrawal from NPfIT good news?

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NPfIT, spin

The writer of a respected US healthcare IT blog has questioned the credibility of a claim by a UK minister, Baroness Thornton, that Fujitsu's leaving the NHS's...

July 31, 2008  6:30 AM

IBM’s partner in £400m deal calls for less jargon

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Somerset County Council has formally recorded as one of its business challenges the task of understanding the use of jargon and acronyms by IBM, its partner on a £400m outsourcing contract.

In September 2007, the county council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and...

July 30, 2008  2:15 PM

Fujitsu’s leaving NPfIT is a sign of strength – minister

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government and PR, NPfIT, spin, transparency and accountability

But assurances to Parliament contrast with new uncertainties at NHS trusts

NHS staff at Bath were unable to answer 25% of phone calls for Choose and Book appointments within 5 minutes partly because they were training to use the...

July 28, 2008  3:10 PM

BCS reaction to NHS Informatics Review

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The British Computer Society has given a generally positive response to the Health Informatics Review of NHS IT. The BCS questions, though, whether there has been consultation...

July 28, 2008  7:00 AM

SATs and government praise of ETS

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NPfIT, Outsourcing, poor communications, spin, transparency and accountability

When the government awarded the contract to ETS to process and mark SATs, Whitehall's press release was, as to be expected, full of praise for the supplier and the procurement process.

But the press release showed how the government, in awarding multimillion contracts, can be not merely...

July 25, 2008  6:30 AM

Credit crunch: some outsourcing deals likely to end

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Financial uncertainty arising from the credit crunch is likely to lead to many outsourcing deals being re-negotiated, reduced in scope or terminated in 2009 - and they may go into dispute, warns international law firm Pinsent Masons.
The firm also says that long-term...

July 24, 2008  2:22 PM

NHS IT in the stone age?

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NPfIT, poor communications, transparency and accountability

Chris Lancelot, a GP in Lancashire and a columnist for, says that England would benefit from a secure system allowing doctors to access patients' prescriptions,...

July 24, 2008  1:45 PM

Skills shortage? – Fujitsu NPfIT staff could help

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NPfIT, transparency and accountability

Fujitsu is preparing to make redundant about 500 people with specialist IT and general project skills after it warned in June of potential redundancies of nearly 700 people.


July 24, 2008  10:55 AM

Documentary on IBM £400m deal – a summary

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transparency and accountability

ITV West's "West Eye View"  has issued a summary of its film "Public Money, Private Gain" which is due to be broadcast this evening at 7.30. The film is the result of several months of work by a small team, led by two...

July 23, 2008  3:38 PM

IBM seeks to stop council divulging £400m contract details

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transparency and accountability

IBM, the world's largest IT services company, has sought to stop Somerset County Council from divulging important contract details on a £400m outsourcing deal.

For 20 working days each year the council is obliged under the

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