NHS Yorkshire buys 2,500 Panasonic Toughbooks for millions

The UK’s National Health Service, known for its wise and resourceful IT spending, has bought 2,500 Panasonic Toughbooks to deal with the crap weather. 

The rugged laptops were deployed in the Yorkshire and Humber region, famed for its rippers, ginnels, the War of the Roses and breadcakes. It really is icy oop North. A health worker from Doncaster is quoted: “Using innovative technology such as the Panasonic Toughbook meant I could access patient records and give them the advice they needed.”

We guess when you’re slipping and sliding in Arctic conditions you don’t want to land on your laptop and snap it in half. Plus the things are so heavy they’re unlikely to get pinched.

While the sun never ever shines anywhere north of Watford, we question the reasoning behind the Toughbooks in better weather.

Being Christmas Eve it’s difficult to ease the finer details out of people but the NHS would have bought these from a reseller, at a discount. We have no clue which reseller won the contract or if it was a done deal with Panasonic itself. But here are some reasonable speculative figures… 

A Panasonic CF-F8 Ruggedized Toughbook sells for £1,499.99, new, on Amazon. Let’s call it £1,500. Resellers tend to offer bulk discounts – so taking a third off a CF-F8 would cost £1,000 each. According to Panasonic, in just the Yorkshire and Humber region there are 2,500 Toughbooks doing the rounds. That’d be a staggering £2.5 million *with a generous discount*.

Again, Panasonic doesn’t specify whether they were bought all at once and we’re having a little trouble getting in touch to clarify. These are purely TechEye’s figures, tallied with our broken calculator.

Panasonic boasts of its €67.14 billion revenues at the bottom of each press release – with lucrative contracts from the NHS’ spendthrift IT departments, plus no doubt other similar deals across the world, it’s no wonder. Probably maybe.

*Update  Here’s an update from Panasonic: “The devices are CF-T7 and CF-T8 through BT. The devices have been bought over a long period of time and have improved efficiencies and made time savings for healthcare workers in the region.”