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NHS Digital has awarded a £51m IT contract to global consultancy Deloitte without prior notice or competition – just as the UK government faces a legal challenge for doing the same thing with a hugely expensive "management" contract. A contract award notice for the COVID-linked IT work - described as a "Digital Delivery Lead …

  1. Mike 137 Silver badge

    "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

    Courtesy of IR35, these "big-n" (whatever the actual small number) behemoth accountancy firms will shortly be pretty much all that's left to supply services. Real expert specialists with a desire for a reasonable standard of living won't put up with the pay and conditions offered by such firms, but if they try to operate independently are being squeezed to extinction by HMRC (which, I'm told, had to exclude it's own contractors from IR35 to prevent them jumping ship).

    1. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

      Good ... please just pay your (fair proportion of ) Fucking taxes like everybody else.

      We’re all in it together after all.

      1. NeilPost Silver badge

        Re: "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

        .... and your daughters MacBook Pro from Costco is not a ‘valid business expense’ either.

        1. Mike 137 Silver badge

          Re: "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

          ".... and your daughters MacBook Pro from Costco is not a ‘valid business expense’ either."

          I sense someone judging by their own standards here. Not everyone even considers fiddling.

          The reality of working under IR35 is being taxed as an employee without getting the benefits or security the come with employment (holiday pay, sick pay, pension, termination notice, redundancy etc.), while still having to fork out for professional indemnity and process VAT.

          Anyone who thinks that's fair should try it

          1. NeilPost Silver badge

            Re: "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

            It’s not my standards... just stories from people I know who that are self employed/contractors/Dividends income takers.

            Some even seem gleeful about tax evasion... and fuck you HMRC in catching me.

            Another one was a £2K American fridge freezer for home, receipt through Company capital expenses and put the old home fridge-freezer in the workplace to replace a failed one in the ‘staff welfare area’.

            Breath-taking.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Meanwhile, an even larger Deloitte contract from January comes under fire"

        We’re all in it together.

        Yeah, course we are...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We're suffering from an allegory

    The Allegory of Good and Bad Government.

  3. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    highly bespoke nature of the testing services

    So the sort of thing a national health service could do, perhaps if they had some sort of digital division to do this digital stuff, digitally

    It could be called NHS ...

    1. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: highly bespoke nature of the testing services

      Why do you think they want to roll back the independence of the NHS to allow more government/ministerial control/interference .... and get rid of compulsory tendering.

      It’s not for any good reasons. Anyone expecting a rolling back of private contracting of services and to default to presumption of NHS in-house provision first is mentally deluded.

  4. James Anderson

    Brand Name Squating

    NHS Digital has very little to do with the actual National Heath Service.

    Realising that outsourcing health infrastructure to private for profit companies is deeply unpopular

    the government has Hi-Jacked the NHS brand name to disguise it's "dosh for chums" scheme.

    Had they called it Roll Rocye Digital they would be snowed under with writs, but, alas

    the NHS cannot defend itself from a government that is ideologically opposed to anything

    run by the government and would prefer us to have a fully privatised health care system

    similar to the ludicrously inefficient and cruel system that fails the USA.

  5. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Joke

    Mr Kipling

    makes exceedingly good cakes expensive management contracts

    Wouldn't it be "naughty but nice" if the government bod who signs off on these contracts were named "Kipling"

    To continue the theme, these firms gorging on these contracts is like Billy Bunter stuffing his face...

  6. ecofeco Silver badge

    Must be nice

    ...to have the right school ties.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Must be nice

      No, fairness, equality and transparency would be nice.

      As would "public service" and good use of tax payers money.

      Unfortunately, too many think like you, "how can I get on the gravy train?".

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