The American company behind the National Programme for IT has predicted it will earn up to another £2bn from its work with the NHS.
Computer Sciences Corporation anticipates an extension of its contract to provide electronic patient records, months after the government announced it would pull the plug on the project, The Times has reported.
CSC had been charged with creating a national patient database; however it failed to deliver a fully functional version of its software.
Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister in charge of the procurement, had previously said that the company had “let down” the NHS. The government announced in September that it would pursue localised software solutions rather than impose a central system in future.
The CSC has stated in its filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the NHS has given notice of contract default because of delays in the software development and deployment. However, the company blames the NHS for failures and breaches of contract.
The two parties are negotiating a memorandum of understanding, which the Department of Health hopes will pave the way to reducing the cost of the contract.
However, The Times has reported that the memorandum anticipates a one year extension to the contract term, to June 2017. CSC said “The company estimates revenue of £1.6 to £2 billion over that remaining term”.