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Control our lives? Workload is spiralling out of control

Ian Cameron reports from the HC 2005 IT conference held in Harrogate this week

The outspoken head of the £6 billion National Programme for IT has called on GPs and other detractors to cut it some slack.

Richard Granger admitted the programme was going through a 'dip' and was continuing to find it hard to convert doctors to its plans.

But he called for 'charity' and insisted the programme had achieved much more than other major IT projects in the same timescale.

'Every major project goes through a dip. In the last few months we have been in that dip,' he said. 'Go and find a large programme that doesn't go through that and I'll find you a bullshitter. If you could just have that little bit of charity I would appreciate it.'

Getting doctors to engage with the programme would be a 'big challenge' this year, he added.

Mr Granger also annoucned a change of name for the programme to 'Connecting for Health'.

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