NPfIT exit costs paper expected

NPfIT exit costs paper expected

It is thought that an announcement of the final exit costs of the National Programme for IT (NPFIT) will soon be made.

A “principles paper” is thought to have been prepared that looks at the various options for paying the exit costs associated with NPfIT. This will outline whether the central government or individual NHS Trusts will be responsible for bearing the costs of exiting any existing contracts, and any penalty payments associated with terminating contracts before the official transition period as well as data migration. The government is also reportedly considering a six-month extension of the contracts.

The official transition period runs from October 2014 – October 2015, but some Trusts want to exit earlier, triggering penalty payments.

Those close to the programme say early exits will be necessary to allow for a smooth transition because of the large number of trusts involved. There are 33 community and mental health organisations running CSE’s RiO and 16 acute trusts in London and the South on Cerner Millennium, under national contracts.

Trusts with systems delivered by BT in London and the south of England have two years to choose a new supplier, sign contracts and migrate to new systems.

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