No golden handshake awaits NHS computer chief Granger

NHS IT chief Richard Granger will not be getting a golden goodbye when he leaves his post later this year, ministers have confirmed.

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NHS IT chief Richard Granger will not be getting a golden goodbye when he leaves his post later this year, ministers have confirmed.

Granger is director general of NHS Connecting for Health, which runs the health service’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT. He is also Britain’s highest paid civil servant, with a salary of £290,000 a year.

The combative IT chief announced in June that he would step down by the end of the year to work “primarily in the private sector”, saying he was considering several approaches from potential employers.

But Granger, who gave an explosive interview to Computerworld UK’s sister publication CIO, will not be receiving a lump sum on the way out.

“There are no plans to make any ex gratia payments to the director general of NHS Connecting for Health,” Ben Bradshaw, the health minister, said in response to a parliamentary question.

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