Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust has become the second to accept a controversial financial support package from ministers to implement the Lorenzo IT system.

The trust has announced plans to deploy CSC’s electronic patient record system in a move it said would “eliminate paper records, facilitate agile working, support collaborative working and share information more effectively between clinical staff”.

A full business case will be taken to its board in March, after the Department of Health approved a provisional investment case last month.

The deal is the first to be struck since HSJ revealed last month that Commons public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge is considering a probe into the agreement between CSC and the DH, which allows the special financial support, amid concerns that it is anti-competitive.

The amount of financial support the trust will receive has not been published.

HSJ has asked both the trust and DH for further details.

A trust statement said: “The trust has been working closely with CSC over the last 18 months.

“The trust is on target to take their full business case to the trust board in March 2013. 

“Subject to trust board approval, we will then seek formal approval [from] the Department of Health to proceed with the Lorenzo deployment.”

Trust IT and innovation director Martyn Smith said Lorenzo would be at the heart of its transformational IT programme, which the organisation itself has committed to support with over £20m over the next five years.

The DH announced in September it had struck a deal with CSC to terminate its exclusive right to be the only provider of clinical IT systems in the north, midlands and east of England, which it had been given under the National Programme for IT.

But despite terminating these exclusive rights, the DH said trusts in the region which buy Lorenzo, would have “access to centralised support and funding”.

Concerns have previously been raised about the deal a number of parties including MP Richard Bacon, a member of the PAC.

Mr Bacon said last month: “I am not a lawyer but I would be pretty unhappy if I was one of CSC’s competitors.

“I would have thought there would be a potential case for legal action on the grounds that it is anti-competitive behaviour.”

Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust was the first to say it would take on Lorenzo under the new agreement last September.