Atos awarded contract for NHS records

February 26, 2014 10:05 am

Yesterday’s Health Select Committee hearing looking at the reason for the delay in the project has found that Atos have been awarded the contract to extract patient records from GP practices as part of the scheme. MPs on the Committee raised concern about the safety of data extracted from GP practices, as well as Atos’ fitness to conduct such a contract given its current problems implementing the Work Capability Assessment and assessments for the Personal Independence Payment. Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston told Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter that “there are many sensitivities around Atos – it’s reasonable to see why the public might be concerned about that.

The bungled rollout of was used by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham as his main line of attack against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the House of Commons yesterday, with Burnham calling on Hunt to install a cross-party committee of MPs to look at how best to turn around the scheme. Jeremy Hunt criticised Burnham for constantly playing down the achievements of the NHS, arguing that the Shadow Health Secretary “searches for crisis in the NHS with about the same success as George Bush searching for weapons of mass destruction”.

If you would like to receive information and analysis on policy developments across our specialist sectors, please complete the following, indicating what sectors you would like to receive information on:

Contact us

We would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to get in touch with us, please contact us on 020 7463 0690 or use the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

For media enquiries, please contact Mayar Raouf on 020 7463 0698 / 0750 232 7092, or email

Contact us via email
  • ace centre
  • Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • Team GB
  • Lilian Baylis Technology School

Sign up for the latest news

  • * Denotes required fields
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact us

  • * Denotes Required fields
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.