Nurses will still be able to use existing programs installed by Fujitsu, but those waiting for programs to be installed will have to wait until a new provider is found.
The final cost of the NHS IT programme, of which the electronic patient record is a part, is expected to be £12.7bn. It is expected to be completed in 2010.
A Fujitsu spokesperson said: ‘Fujitsu Services can confirm that we have now taken the decision to withdraw from the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) contract re-set negotiations with NHS Connecting for Health as we did not feel there was a prospect of an acceptable conclusion. Our contract with the NHS will therefore end early.'