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Accenture's loss on NHS IT

Accenture, the giant US financial services and consulting firm, has blamed a near half- billion dollar loss on its involvement in the NHS IT modernisation programme.

Accenture, the giant US financial services and consulting firm, has blamed a near half- billion dollar loss on its involvement in the NHS IT modernisation programme.

The company, which is a local service provider for Connecting for Health's North East and Eastern 'clusters', said a significant portion of its loss was down to delays in the delivery of clinical software from iSoft.

Earlier this year iSoft itself warned it would face losses as a result of involvement in the national programme.

Accenture also cited a 'reduction in the pace and level of demand for new systems' from PCTs due to the iSoft delays and the Government's promise to give GPs a choice of system.

Mike McGrath, Accenture's chief financial officer, said: 'There is no doubt the NHS is a serious situation which requir-es immediate attention. I'm extremely disappointed with the current status.'

Connecting for Health said the strength of its contracts lay in the fact suppliers did not get paid 'until they deliver'.

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