London: IT services consultancy Atos has been won a five year contract worth £74 million with the Department of Health. Under the deal, Atos will deliver an integrated IT desktop service plus a range of supporting services within the Department of Health (DH) and for some of its so-called Arms Length Bodies.
A Department spokeperson said, "The procurement was conducted against the ASCC framework (Additional Supply Capacity and Capability) using an in-house team and has delivered a flexible contract that will result in savings of around 40% on the current cost of service across the life of the contract."
The contract draws together the desktop solution for the Department and some of its Arms Length Bodies, such as, the Care Quality Commission, into a common, high-quality, integrated, shared service. It supports the aims of the Government Strategy for ICT, both in reducing costs and ensuring the necessary ICT is in place to deliver DH reforms and modernisation in 2012 and beyond.
Wayne Gibson, Senior Vice President Government and Health at Atos said, "Our new solution makes the Government's ICT Strategy, Sustainability and Open Source initiatives a reality. We will work with SMEs and use Open Source software to deliver a service that offers value for money."
"ICT Shared Services is a core business for Atos and, as a company committed to service excellence, we will ensure that migration to the new solution is as seamless and easy as possible. We will deliver a scalable, robust and cost-effective service for people working in the Department and those Arms Length Bodies who will also use our service."