Data General formally requested to be a reserve bidder for Bolton Hospital's project, and did not withdraw.

The article says the trust was 'all set to choose the system put forward by Per-Se and Data General', but fell back on iSoft when we announced EMC's takeover, 'creating uncertainty about our future plans'. Per-Se and DG were never named as preferred supplier in the three-supplier procurement, and Bolton Hospital remains in communication with us.

DG rejects the notion that the merger with EMC Corporation altered our relationship with the hospital in any way. DG will continue its commitment to the healthcare industry.

Kevin Coulson Healthcare sales manager Data General Brentford Middlesex