NHS spine cost soaring, DoH data show

The cost of the NHS spine contract has increased by more than 60 per cent, the government has confirmed.

BT was awarded the 10-year contract in 2003, at which time it was valued at £620m.

But health minister Ben Bradshaw confirmed in a parliamentary answer last week that, as of last February, the contract had been revalued at £1 billion.

Mr Bradshaw said the increase was ‘due to changes or additional requirements that have been negotiated as part of the rest agreement and these have been approved through normal governance arrangements.’

Were price increases to continue at this rate, the cost will have roughly tripled by the time the Care Records System is expected to be completed in 2014.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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