Feeds

BT faces £4.5m NHS claim over broadband delays

Contract penalties

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

BT is facing a bill for £4.5m amid reports that it has failed to deliver high speed broadband links to a key NHS project on time. According to the Financial Times, BT is set to miss key targets set for April next year and, as a result, is being hit by the contract penalties.

Even though the National Health Service (NHS) and BT are working on an "agreed settlement", the compensation claim comes less than a year since BT won the contract to wire-up the NHS.

In April, the UK's dominant fixed line telco won the £530m contract to provide and manage a broadband network to link all NHS organisations in England. The deal is set to run for seven years and was the first significant public sector investment in broadband.

The network is due to serve all 18,000 NHS locations and sites - the current NHSnet contract only reaches 10,000.

Dubbed 'N3', the New National Network means faster transfer of all clinical data between NHS organisations. It should support electronic booking and the NHS Care Records Service, and let doctors exchange visual data – such as video and x-rays - much more quickly.

BT said the broadband deal had "started more slowly than we intended [but is] now back on track". ®

Related stories

BT wins NHS broadband megadeal
NHS rolls out digital X-rays
European healthcare 'online by 2008'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.