NHS trusts face wait over impact of 2e2 administration

David Bicknell Published 29 January 2013

Sussex Partnership and North Central London cluster likely to be priority issues for administrator FTI

Sussex Partnership NHS foundation trust, Haringey community services and the NHS north central London cluster are all customers of systems integrator 2e2 which has gone into administration.

The Berkshire company, which provides IT managed services to a range of customers, appointed financial advisory FTI Consulting as administrator for its UK divisions following a failure to secure additional funding for the business.

Simon Granger, joint administrator, said, "We are working closely with management and other key stakeholders to ensure the continued provision of business critical services to the group's customer base. In parallel we are exploring strategic options for the UK business and have commenced a disposal process for the overseas subsidiaries".

A spokesperson for FTI said the administrators were in discussions with customers and added that ensuring continued support for 2e2's NHS trust customers would be a priority.

The Sussex Partnership only sealed its £37m IT refresh and unified communications deal with 2e2 last April. The deal was due to run until 2019 and is due to see the refresh of the trust's desktop PCs, laptops, mobile services and printers.

It was also due to provide a new unified communications system for the trust that will allow staff to access trust applications from mobile devices, whether they are at a desk or working in the community, according to the company.

A Trust spokesperson said, "We have been notified this morning that 2e2 Holdings Ltd has entered into administration. We are now working closely with 2e2 and the administrators to ensure service continuity and progress on our ambitious IT programme. 2e2 is only one part of a programme to revolutionise our information and communications technology."

Haringey community services and the NHS north central London cluster said they expected to save a six-figure sum over the first 12 months of their contract with 2e2 when they signed the deal a year ago.

The two organisations, the commissioning arms of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington primary care trusts (PCTs), entered into contracts with 2e2 in June 2011 for services including desktop management, server management and some network management services. Jointly the deals are worth £4m. Before moving to 2e2, the organisations used an internally managed shared NHS service.

A spokesman for NHS North Central London said: "We have been notified this morning that 2e2 Limited has entered into administration. We are assessing the implications of this for our organisations and working closely with 2e2 and the administrator to ensure service continuity."

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