In response to a post on this blog headlined "End lock-in by suppliers says Government CIO", Rob Musson, Business Director of monitor supplier Eizo, writes:
"I noticed the headline 'End lock-in by suppliers says Government CIO' on a Computerworld UK blog this afternoon.
"I have been banging this drum for years and, as a potential supplier, can’t wait for a level playing field and the ability to compete openly.
"The problem as I heard it is that these suppliers have such tight contracts that try as they might the new Government cannot afford to break the contracts. Instead all they can do is their level best to negotiate better deals.
"I had an email exchange with one of the 'locked-in suppliers' which ended abruptly when I said I wanted to pass on the contents of our email exchange in an attempt to explain the difficulties we find trying get around their monopolistic tendencies.
"It’s certainly time that this Government ended the lock-in. Many of us are happy to compete openly and to stand or fall based on our product and service offering.
"It’s the few that are at fault and they need to be stopped and the sooner this is done the sooner the NHS can benefit from lower prices for the same or better products."
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