CSC has made 100 workers redundant in a first wave of cuts relating to its involvement in the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) disaster – with 640 more CSC staff yet to find out their fate in a second wave of cuts.
The redundancies included finance, sales and medical experts and, while there were 100 compulsory redundancies, a further 200 staff asked to leave, according to sources at the company.
The job losses were part of a wave of 500 redundancies announced in February this year, when CSC instigated a 90-day redundancy process. One-third of the staff losing their jobs were working directly on the ill-fated NHS project.
A further 640 staff were also put in the firing line in April, in a story first broken by Computing. The company is now notifying staff who are at risk of redundancy as part of these later job losses.
The redundancies at CSC follow the write-off of $1.5bn (£965m) as a result of the termination of NPfIT, a politically led plan for a centralised, all-encompassing electronic patient care system that would have connected all NHS general practitioners and hospitals in England and Wales to the complete healthcare records of everyone in the UK.
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