Don't Be Mad, Just Leave

Summary:The UK National Health Service (NHS) is in the midst of a £12.4 billion IT project meltdown, which has been called the “greatest IT disaster in history”.

The UK National Health Service (NHS) is in the midst of a £12.4 billion IT project meltdown, which has been called the “greatest IT disaster in history”.

According to Silicon.com, Accenture has now left the project, turning over its remaining work to CSC. From the article:

As part of the agreement Accenture will get to keep £110m of the £173m it has been paid by the NHS to date…

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Accenture warned in its financial results earlier this year it expected to take a $450m hit on its NHS IT contracts over the next three to four years because of delays that led it to miss the deadlines for delivering working systems.

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One NHS IT director in the North East region, who did not wish to be named, told silicon.com there is a mood of “anger” within the NHS at the lack of progress.

The IT director said: “Accenture have done absolutely nothing in the North East and for the past nine to 12 months they have been invisible. They have been here for nearly three years and they have done nothing, yet it has put planning blight on any progress that was being made before.

“All the money that has been spent could have been making a difference to patients now. We’ve wasted years of potential development and improvement.”

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Topics: Health

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