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On 20 May 2005 the entire share capital of Footman-Walker Associates Limited was acquired by Ascribe plc, the Health IT group. Footman-Walker has become a key constituent of the Ascribe Group plc, trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), the most successful growth market in the world.

The move is the start of a combined strategy focused on helping to provide the best care for patients and support for doctors, nurses and clinicians within the National Programme for IT, the rest of the UK and overseas. The sale will strengthen Footman-Walker's position both within the Programme and overseas whilst assuring the best deal for customers and staff.

Richard Ojany, Managing Director of Footman-Walker stated:
"Ascribe and Footman-Walker share a friendship and common approach to customer service stretching back many years. Both companies are the UK market leader in their core NHS markets. We at Footman-Walker have long believed that we will be able to serve our customers better, as well as reach out into new markets, as part of a larger group. Myself, Steve Roberts (customer services director) and Sara Horwood (technical director) look forward to continuing to run Footman-Walker as part of the Ascribe Group of companies. Footman-Walker will continue to provide the same high levels of service and support that it has in the past but with additional resources derived from the plc."

Stephen Critchlow, CEO of Ascribe plc said:
"We welcome Footman-Walker to the Ascribe Group of companies. The enlarged group looks forward to working together to make the most of our unique, combined heritage in healthcare computing excellence."

The directors and staff of Footman-Walker will continue to operate from its offices in Ringwood, specialising in the provision of Emergency Department and related unscheduled care IT.

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